Updated: Aug 31, 2020
Yesterday, August 30 was National Grief Awareness Day. A day that recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss and is a reminder that closure comes in many forms. When a loved one passes away, the void they leave affects everyone differently. Research tells us that everyone has to go through the stages of grief at their own pace and how self-care is extremely vital during and after a loss. I’ll admit, I don’t always do a really good job remembering to implement self-care all the time, but one of the ways I started to was by pouring candles.
Lula’s Candle Co. was birthed out of pain and grief from losing the woman I affectionately called my Auntie Lula. In January 2018, she passed from her battle with cancer and gained her wings. I created Lula’s Candle Co. to honor her, to thank her, to become the woman I knew she’d always want me to be, to remember those who may have also lost their loved ones due to cancer and to celebrate the lives of others who have endured & come out on the other side beating this disease.
On Saturday, August 29, 2020 we learned about Chadwick Boseman losing his battle to cancer after fighting so hard these past four years. We are still deeply saddened about this devastating loss; is death has reminded me I’ve all the other loved ones I’ve loss from cancer and the special moments we won’t be able to have together 😢
If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. Trust me, you’re not alone at all. We all feel it. And it okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming - there no shame in seeking assistance. The pain and sadness doesn’t always go away, but it can get better with time. You have to give yourself time to heal. We all deserve that time ❤️
How do you honor your feelings when grief overwhelms you? Comment below some ways you practice self-care?