With a blog called folding paper cranes it seems only fitting that my first post be how-to fold a paper crane.
If you choose to only fold one, or to fold 1,000, you have made a step towards taking control of your grief instead of letting it control you.
Grief is often referred to as riding a rollercoaster or described as coming in waves; taking tiny steps will help you get control over the tides of your emotions.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, I urge you to visit https://anothernightofreading.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/one-thousand-paper-cranes/
If a paper crane doesn't feel like the right thing to help you cope, there are limitless options, if its a loved one that is nearing the end think of something they love. Is there something you can do with your hands that isn't overly complicated to help you focus your energy? This is a good time to talk to your loved one about their upcoming death and how you can make it more peaceful. Something you can create will help ease your mind, and give you a place to start a conversation.
I created this cross stitch paper crane, not because anyone was in the last stages of death, but because it keeps me connected to those I have lost. Small physical tokens we can keep and create help us continue to feel connected to those that have died.
Creating a ritual surrounding death can help you cope with death, something like folding a paper crane can feel like our loved one is squeezing our hand after they are gone.
What are some of the things you have done after a loved one has passed?
My name is Abby, my life has been touched many times by loss and grief. This life has led me to helping others navigate their own grief. I have become a INELDA trained End Of Life Doula and a hospice volunteer. I am not a professional counselor or psychologist and all advice given should be treated as advice from a friend.