Understandings of Grief in Chinese Medicine
Written by Nicole Bayes, Shiatsu Practitioner. Edited By Dinah John, Principal of Norwich Shiatsu College.
However well we make plans in life they can only ever be provisional, as the world will deliver unexpected changes. Life is fluid and everything by its nature is impermanent. Loss, therefore, becomes a constant companion and arrives in various guises - sometimes it's expected, other times sudden. The effects vary, but grief like a great hurricane can be destructive to our life with strong repercussions and lasting consequences. Loss can shake not only our happiness but our sense of identity; and with the end of a meaningful career, or as our world shrinks with deteriorating health, as the beauty of our youth fades, when we lose a treasured loved one who gives us joy, an intimate relationship ends or a beloved friend dies, we grieve.