S3E7 - The Myth of Closure: Embracing the Ongoing Journey of 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 diving into a deep topic – the myth of closure. Buckle up as we explore why seeking closure may not be the ultimate goal in the grieving process and how embracing the ongoing journey is a more compassionate approach.

In the context of grief, closure is a term often used to describe a sense of resolution or finality in the emotional pain associated with the loss of a loved one. It implies reaching a point where the grieving individual can move on from the intense feelings of sadness, longing, and emotional distress related to the loss. The concept of closure suggests a process of finding peace and acceptance, allowing the individual to continue their life without being significantly hindered by the pain of the loss.

It's important to note that the idea of closure is subjective and varies from person to person. Some individuals may find a sense of closure through rituals, memorial services, or other symbolic acts that help them say goodbye and honor the memory of the deceased. Others may believe that closure is an ongoing process of adapting to life without the person they've lost, rather than a definitive endpoint.

However, many grief experts and counselors argue that the term "closure" can be misleading and even unrealistic. Grief is a complex and individual experience that doesn't follow a predetermined timeline or set of stages. Instead, it often involves learning to live with the loss, finding ways to honor the memory of the departed, and integrating the experience into one's life. The emphasis is on adaptation and continued connection with the deceased rather than a complete severance of emotional ties.

Hence, In grief, it is often more constructive to focus on aspects other than seeking closure. The concept of closure can be elusive and may not fully capture the complex and ongoing nature of the grieving process. Here are several aspects to prioritize:

Adaptation and Integration

Instead of aiming for closure, emphasize adapting to the new reality created by the loss. Grief involves learning to live with the absence of a loved one, integrating their memory into your life, and finding a way forward while honoring their impact.

Continuing Bonds

Foster a continuing bond with the person who has passed away. This involves keeping their memory alive through traditions, rituals, and sharing stories. Maintaining a connection with the deceased can be a source of comfort and support.


Focus on finding meaning in your life after the loss. This could involve reflecting on the lessons learned, the impact the person had on your life, and how their memory can inspire personal growth. Finding purpose in the grief journey can contribute to a sense of meaning and fulfillment.


Understand that grief is a unique and individual experience. Allow yourself the time and space to grieve in your way. Be patient and compassionate with yourself, acknowledging that healing is a gradual process.

Support Systems

Prioritize building and maintaining a strong support system. Seek support from friends, family, or a grief coach who can provide understanding, empathy, and a safe space for expression.

Emotional Well-being

Pay attention to your emotional well-being and mental health. Engage in activities that bring you comfort and joy. Practice self-care and allow yourself moments of respite when needed.

Expression of Emotions

Instead of focusing on closure, embrace the expression of emotions. Grieving involves a range of feelings, including sadness, anger, and even moments of joy when reminiscing about the person. Allowing yourself to feel and express these emotions is essential for healing.

Remember that grief is a unique and personal journey, and there is no right or wrong way to navigate it. By emphasizing adaptation, continuing bonds, meaning-making, and self-compassion, individuals can find a more sustainable approach to healing from loss.

Thank you for joining us in this episode of "Grief Untangled." Until next time, I wish you a lot of strength and healing in your grief journey

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