This article looks at acceptance of illness - the seventh of the 7 stages of grief.
The 6th stage of grief is the stage of reconstruction which is not talked about on this website. To read about all 7 stages of grief and how they can help you to be gentle with yourself in a time of illness, please click on the book cover below to request a free copy of my ebook.
My FREE ebook on living with chronic illness talks more about acceptance generally.
However, as this is a spirituality website, I will talk here about spiritual acceptance.
Spiritual beliefs can be of powerful assistance in helping us to accept illness.
Here are some spiritual beliefs that can help people of different faiths to accept the present moment. See if any of them ring true for you.
You can use the ones which speak to you as affirmations to help you to change your beliefs.
If you want some more encouragement to persevere with going through grief to a place of acceptance and hope, click on Encouragement Poem: The Tortoise and The Hare.
I had severe Myalgic Encephelomyelitis for such a very long time - I was bedbound for 14 years.
I am now 10 years on from being able to talk and walk again. Thank God. :-)
It has not been a smooth journey - I cannot walk as far as I could a few years back. But I continue to move through the 7 stages of grief as I overwrite my past to create a new future.
I practice acceptance of the health I have.
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Thank you for reading these articles on the 7 stages of grief.
Know that all the 7 stages of grief are necessary and normal.
It is OK to be "going through a stage". By recognising the stage you are in, you can learn to be gentle with yourself.
Let us be willing to be loved by God as we are. There is no greater place of growth than one in which we feel accepted.
And know that wherever you are, you are doing wonderfully.
As you read these articles you have been receiving validation for some of the pain you are going through.
You have been saying affirmations, prayers and statements of willingness.
These are all steps to help you to move through the stages of grief.
If you have the motivation to read an article like this, then you definitely have the strength and motivation to keep taking the next step towards acceptance of illness.
Thank you for your strength.
Wishing you healing both within and beyond illness.
Katherine T Owen, webmaster,
Author of Be Loved, Beloved (Kindle)
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