The author of best-selling book Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert has been opening up about the grief she has experienced following the death of her partner six months ago.
Ms Gilbert and Raya Elias had been best friends for years, before developing a romantic relationship in 2016, shortly after Ms Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.
In a post on Instagram, Ms Gilbert shared what she has learned about grief since losing Raya to cancer six months ago, describing it as “a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted”.
The Daily Mail shared her full post, in which she also states: “The only way that I can ‘handle’ grief, then, is the same way that I ‘handle’ love – by not ‘handling’ it. By bowing down before its power in complete humility.”
Her openness in talking about her grief for her best friend and lover may be something that helps others going through similar experiences.
There has been much discussion recently about how we need to talk about death and dying more openly to help everyone cope in times of grief.
One option for anyone who is struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one is to visit a grief recovery specialist, who can offer help and support as you move through these painful feelings.
In the days and weeks following someone’s death, there are many practicalities to be taken care of. Finding an understanding Stoke Poges funeral director could make the process a little easier, as they can support you as you plan the funeral.