Every human being walking the face of the earth will say their goodbyes at some point before leaving for the great beyond. In this case, their loved ones will experience a void in their hearts until they pass away, and they will live with the pain of their departure for years to come.
It implies that the cycle of loss and holding on to memories of loved ones who have passed is a never-ending one that continues to the end of time. Usually, people learn to live with the grief of loss as time goes by.
Although there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are steps involved in the grief process, ranging from anger, bargaining, guilt, confusion, panic, rage, crying, and acceptance. Even though the stages of grief are defined, the path and time it takes to reach acceptance are not. People skip stages and go back and forth between them before accepting reality is reached.
Some people have found comfort in giving back to others or supporting a charitable cause in honor of the loss of a loved one, although there is no right way to grieve. You can do this by donating to a course, setting up a living reminder, or volunteering.
In memory of her three late children, 85-year-old grandma Mavis Patterson cycled 1,000 miles from April 29, 2023, to May 28, 2023, channeling her grief.
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She spent the days leading up to her 85th birthday cycling around Scotland, even though Patterson, or Granny Mave, is in her mid-80s.
In honor of her three children who all died within four years of each other, Patterson embarked on the ride to raise awareness and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Cycling is Granny Mave’s therapeutic outlet for all the losses she has experienced.
The grief is unbearable for me, so when I am cycling, I don’t think about them so much,” she told BBC.
Adding, “After my children died, I just didn’t know what to do. But cycling has helped me tremendously.”
“I think about them a lot, but I have to face life, so I take on challenges which are hugely helpful to me. The last one I did was wonderful because it kept my mind off of them.”
In the video that introduced the 1,000-mile cycling challenge, Patterson explained that she used to run before she began biking. As well as cycling across America and Canada, she has also climbed Kilimanjaro and holds the world record for the oldest woman to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats after completing a 960-mile cycle challenge.
Granny Mave began cycling on April 9, 2023, at Mull of Galloway, and completed it on May 28, 2023, at the starting point. Patterson received a warm welcome at the finish line from her grandchildren and well-wishers. Through her latest challenge, she raised over £60,000 (over $77,000) for cancer research.
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