By Felicia Farnsworth

National Grief Awareness Day is Monday, August 30, 2021.

This holiday recognizes the time it takes to heal from the loss of a loved one. It serves as a reminder that closure comes in many forms and at any given time.

The void that is left behind when a loved one passes affect everyone differently. Grief is an emotion that affects everyone at one time or another in our lives. Angie Cartwright founded national Grief Awareness Day in 2014.

Cartwright suffered a significant loss and decided to dedicate herself to bringing support and education about grief to those significantly affected by the grieving process. There is no timetable for grief.

Often those who are grieving are also suffering guilt. They may feel as though they are responsible for their death, or they may have shared harsh words before their loved one passed away. Grief is a powerful emotion that could leave a person feeling lost or without purpose.

You can observe National Grief Awareness Day by learning more about the grieving process and helping those around you who are dealing with grief. Another way to observe this holiday is by seeking counsel.

East Central Mental Health Center in Union Springs offers grief counseling for all ages.

You can contact their office at 334-738-5279. Please remember that grief affects everyone differently, and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.

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