My journey with grief started when I was 15. I lost my father suddenly to a drug overdose when I was a freshman in high school. Losing him rocked my world but I leaned on resources like close friendships and my faith and those helped me see the light after losing someone so important. Our mother offered every traditional method of grief support you can imagine. We were offered one on one counseling, group therapy, family therapy and even massage therapy. We were not too keen on the traditional methods so we figured out the grief process in our own ways. Unfortunately, my older brother did not find the healthy modes of coping, he found the easy ones. For 8 years he struggled to find peace after our father’s death. He pushed down his emotions by self medicating with substances and that was the ultimate cause of death for him as well. After the loss of the two most important men in my life, I have been able to find peace with what is. It’s been a long journey with many ups and downs but I now see the light on the other side of grief.