Acceptance is easier said than done but it is a necessary part of our grief journey. Part of the journey is making wise decisions about how you’re going to live and what you are going to believe about yourself.
Acceptance is best summarized in the words of the apostle Paul: “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11 NKJV)
When you reach that point of acceptance, you will no longer be waiting for some far-off day when you’ll finally be happy. Instead you will be looking to carve some contentment out of your present situation.
Remember, this will take time. I’m not trying to push you into acceptance if you haven’t fully finished your grief journey. But acceptance is where you are headed and something to strive for.
I’ve talked to widows who took years to get there and others that accepted and moved forward within their first year – either way it’s ok because everyone has their our own grief journey.