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Grieving and Message in a Bottle

It’s an unfortunate fact: we will all spend a portion of our lives grieving for lost loved ones. It’s sudden and sharp, the grieving, like a quick rip to the heart. And despite the theories espoused by leaders in the field of psychiatry, the grieving process is mysterious, freezing cold to those in the depths of it. After our loss, we go off in a desperate search for warmth, comfort, something to simultaneously remind us and help us let go. Such a thing very rarely exists in physical form, but there are material guides to cast off the chill. Message in a Bottle is here to help you add some closure to your grieving process; we’re here to help you say good-bye.

The ways to say good-bye with Message in a Bottle are abundant. Grieving is a complicated process, full of twists and turns and unexpected emotions; use Message in a Bottle to reflect that complexity. Worried about things left unsaid? Separate regret from the grieving process by letting Message in a Bottle help you say them now. Pen a letter or a poem, even something as short as a few poignant words, and bury the sealed bottle with your loved one. You’ll feel a sense of closure, even if that sense is only the start of your grieving. And you don’t have to stop these letters after the burial. Create Messages in a Bottle as often as you’d like; bury them in your loved one’s favorite spot or place them gently next to the grave marker.

Sometimes a necessary part of grieving is to help others through their grief. Message in a Bottle is wonderful in that capacity. Give special messages to those closest to your lost loved one; let them know that you’re there to help them through their grieving. You could even personalize each message to include a special memory involving your loved one and that person. Help them get through their grieving by showing them the happiest moments of your time together.

That same concept can also be applied in the opposite direction. Was your loved one married? Did he or she have children? Give them a Message in a Bottle reflecting your favorite memory of that person, and encourage others to do the same. The family can then begin their grieving by having this wonderful personal log of their loved one as created by a myriad of other people. And if anyone is feeling up to it, you can even open the bottles and read the memories at the funeral or wake.

Because grieving isn’t a solitary action, is it? You need not only mountains of personal strength but also the support of those close to you. Get through this difficult time by reminding others that grieving is a system of leaning on one another until you’re all able to stand on your own. It takes time, lots of time, and open communication. Let Message in a Bottle be the life-line for your grieving period.

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