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    Quote Originally Posted by AphroditeGoneAwry View Post
    Grief changes us like nothing else can. It strips us of who were are or thought we were. It cleans our slate so we can replenish it with something new. It's akin to death.
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    To grieve is to purge oneself of bad feelings, rather than to repress them or to express them in a less suitable manner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I have to say that some grief has left me with a degree of sadness that just won't or hasn't yet gone away and that sadness does seem rather useless.
    Exactly

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    Grief allows us to come to terms with any tremendously difficult and emotional experience. Without grief, it would seem as though there would only be detachment born from the undealt emotions which grief serves to address. A person can acquire wisdom and insight through their grieving if they choose to. For example, gaining a greater awareness of death after someone has passed on. I feel all emotions serve a purpose in some way.
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    I find it useless to feel sadness and grief. They hold you back. They trap you in chains. It's far better to be ambitious and to overcome adversity, rather than feeling sorry for yourself.

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    It can be an opportunity for growth and personal reflection. Grief causes us to ask questions about life, and how we live. Grief washes away the things we take for granted and we see them again with new eyes.

    Some people may start to connect with loved ones again after a loss, realizing that life is short and they don't want to take that time for granted anymore. And for some it could be a renewal of their own life, after realizing that they were not living it the way they wanted to be.

    Many people have emerged from the depths of grief with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in their life and a greater appreciation of loved ones, friends, and life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmotini View Post
    If we did not experience grief when a person leaves our life through a break-up, divorce, or death, it's highly unlikely we'd value them so much when they were around.
    Grief is a necessary result of the emotional connections we make as humans. The only way to feel no grief at a loss, be it death, breakup, or even the sense of a lost opportunity or dream, is to have no emotional attachment to these things. Physical pain is a part of our humanity, too, and we see the difficulties faced by people who are unable to sense physical pain. It is not a benefit.

    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    I find it useless to feel sadness and grief. They hold you back. They trap you in chains. It's far better to be ambitious and to overcome adversity, rather than feeling sorry for yourself.
    It certainly is. The key is to address your grief without wallowing in it; to keep it from becoming a trap, or holding you back. This is done by maintaining enough detachment to keep the grief in its place, but then remembering to go back to it in a timely and productive manner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    I find it useless to feel sadness and grief. They hold you back. They trap you in chains. It's far better to be ambitious and to overcome adversity, rather than feeling sorry for yourself.
    That's avoiding it. Works in the short run but not in the long run.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post

    It certainly is. The key is to address your grief without wallowing in it; to keep it from becoming a trap, or holding you back. This is done by maintaining enough detachment to keep the grief in its place, but then remembering to go back to it in a timely and productive manner.
    It's not easy to control like that.

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