Recently the Prince shared, “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.” He continued to describe the painful process of refusing to face the loss of his mother. “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?”
Prince Harry learned the hard way that grief has no patience for “stoic silence”. You must do your grief work; it is not optional! Grief work includes telling your story and expressing your feelings. (See prior blog titled What is Grief Work?)
Prince Harry’s message of getting your feelings out (or to use his words, “let it rip”) is so important. Had the Prince received this message 20 years ago and processed his emotions surrounding the death of his mother, his life may have been much different and less chaotic.
Thank you Prince Harry for speaking out about your grief and sharing this valuable lesson about how important it is to process your grief.
Don’t wait 20 years. If a PRINCE can express his feelings and tell his story then we can too, now!
What feelings are you stuffing that you need to express?
What story of your deceased love one do you need to tell?