S3E5 -How old wounds show up in grief

Author Posted On 24 February 2024

Podcast Transcript

Hello.., dear listeners, welcome back to another episode of "Grief Untangled." Untangling the threads of grief, healing, and hope. I'm your host Coach DD, your companion on this journey through the intricacies of emotions. Today, we're delving into a topic that touches many of us: old wounds or childhood traumas and how they weave into the fabric of grief

You know, life has a way of leaving marks on our hearts. Those moments that hurt, those experiences that linger. We call them old wounds. They're like shadows from the past that, if not tended to, can find their way into the present.

So, how do these old wounds show up in our grief, even years later? Well, picture grief as a journey, and old wounds as companions that join us along the way. They bring with them the echoes of past pain, making the path a bit more complex.

These old wounds, they're not silent. They resurface, sometimes unexpectedly, amplifying our emotional responses in grief. It's like turning up the volume on feelings, making the sadness, anger, or anxiety more pronounced, even if the current loss is unrelated to the past hurts.

Let’s talk about relationships…

They can feel the impact too. Old wounds may influence how we connect with others during grief. The fear of being hurt again, the memories of past pain – they can shape how we seek or accept support, affecting the very fabric of our connections.

And then there are those old coping mechanisms. You know, the ways we learned to protect ourselves back then. In grief, they might resurface, unintentionally hindering the natural process. Avoidance, emotional numbing – these old friends (so to call) might try to help, but they need guidance too.

And what about self-worth…

Well, it's a delicate thing. Old wounds often influence how we see ourselves. In grief, feelings of guilt, shame, or inadequacy may creep in, asking us to navigate not just the loss at hand but also the echoes of self-perception from our past.

Now, let’s have a look at Mental Health Complexities

Old wounds and grief – they're a complex duo. The stress of mourning and grieving may amplify existing conditions. Depression, anxiety, or wounds of past traumas may resurface, requiring significant attention alongside our journey of grief.

So, where does this leave us? Well, it's a call for healing. Acknowledging these old wounds, understanding their impact, and weaving strategies for healing into our grief journey. It's about tending to our emotional landscapes with care, both past and present.

That concludes what I wanted to cover about old wounds and childhood traumas

I would like to remind you about the free webinar we conduct every week (on Fridays) covering the aspects of Grief and Resilience and it is called as Emotional Resilience Blueprint. In the webinar, I reveal the essential elements of Resilience, 3 secrets to resilience and introduce you to scientifically researched tools in the area of Grief and Resilience.

The link is available in the channel and episode description for you if you consider joining.

Thank you for joining me on this exploration of old wounds and grief. Remember, in untangling our emotions, we find strength. Until our paths meet again on "Grief Untangled," take gentle steps on your unique journey of healing.

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