We all experience grief in our lives. Grief is the deep sorrow we feel after something, especially someone we hold to great importance is lost. My experience with grief has been for the most part slim, due to my drug use; I’ve never really allowed myself to want to feel much of anything. I’ve had to learn to grieve in recovery after the loss of my dog that meant so much to me, my good friend Albert, and later Zach Weinberg. Allowing myself to experience grief isn’t easy but I’ve learned it’s much healthier to do so. For me the importance of grief and the grieving process makes the difference of how I feel. The mindset I have after expressing grief is much more clear, without grief I remain stuck in negative thoughts and wanting to isolate. Grief can be settle or overwhelming but is meant to be natural rather than stuffed away.