You can’t heal if you don’t feel

We are a society averse to feeling pain or sadness. A culture focused on numbing ourselves through it and circling the wagons. A break up? We head to the bar.

The problem with self medication is that it stalls what would otherwise be a growth and healing experience. And reaching for a substance to solve problems robs you of the ability to develop healthy coping strategies.

Avoiding your pain has the same result. Grief cannot be avoided. And if you try, it will kick you in the ass, drag you along at a snail’s pace, and stunt your healing.

Grief. Is there a heaven?

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

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