CHAPTER 12

Grief, loss and sadness

In this chapter we will take a look at:

  • The absolute inevitability of encountering difficult emotions such as grief, loss and sadness.
  • How to use mindfulness to help you with these moments, even in a busy life.
  • The superb benefits of giving grief, loss and sadness mindful attention.

Sad case

Boys aren’t supposed to have this emotion. Girls are, but only if they don’t wear mascara. Sadness often gets pretty squashed – Don’t cry! Cry-baby! Silly me! Soppy sod! Anger is a bit more acceptable, especially in public, and it looks cooler, but take a closer look and there is probably sadness too. And so we might see that we have been trying, or are trying to turn our sadness into something else: anger, confusion ...

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