Pause, clear your mind and focus on the detail of each image and read the reflection note.
If you need more time to reflect on an image, click the ‘Pause’ link and if you wish to advance through the images, click ‘next’.
Time to heal
You have survived but you have been hurt.
Take time out now to heal your wounds, both physical and emotional;
and you will return stronger through loss awareness.
Loss is releasing something of your belonging.
It may seem far too soon to release, especially against your will, permission or control. This is why loss is such a difficult force in life.
But what the loss event takes away, it provides in place a loss journey for you to find, follow and form in only what you can create.
Always remember the origin of the belongings that you have released and the valuable feelings you hold of them; as these forge the foundations of your loss awareness.
“Nauseous with the feeling of loss and unable to identify all of the other feelings that are currently overwhelming you.
Never have you felt like this before and never do you want to feel like this again. You call out for help - and someone answers!”
People may be very good at suppressing or disguising loss feelings but when they truly appear it is devastating to the individual.
At the time of despair; ask for help and seek advice from your doctor. You are not alone.
Picking up the pieces
"It's a buzz of activity but too surreal for me to participate.
People, showing support, are organising things that 'have' to be done;
and others are cleaning things that have never been cleaned before.
I look in amazement and still do not understand why
'picking up the pieces' is on their priority - high.
I found this lost koala bear in the debris.
I wiped the mud from its eyes and ruffled its dampened fur.
I felt like it looked!
I placed it on a ledge for all to see.
Some smiled at the sight and wondered at me.
Through the utter displacement and loss
that my heart was carrying,
I managed to find humour in this simple companion."
The road ahead
"Never ventured before, I hesitate to explore.
But with support from my family and advice from those ‘quacks’,
I feel ready to take on this unknown track!
It can’t be that bad, at least the sky is bright blue,
hang on a minute, is that a snake near my shoe!
Hard to start and even harder to continue,
I find something amazing that's in me and you.
It’s called courage and it’s damn hard to find
but when you feel it, you won’t ever leave it behind!
So get up and out and give it a go.
Yes, you’ve been knocked down but not out with a blow!"
Your loss journey
Find a quiet place and reflect on your loss journey.
Remember the loss feelings you felt at the beginning and how you found ways to manage them. Remember the people involved in your loss journey who helped you and supported you. Congratulate yourself on the progress of your loss journey and look forward to where your loss journey make next take you.
Your thoughts, decisions and actions will be the map of your journey and you are the navigator.