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It’s common knowledge that trees become bare during winter, but how do they keep themselves alive during the bitter cold. Trees go through a process similar to hibernation called dormancy, and that is what keeps them alive during the winter.

 Grief is like dormancy in that everything within slows down, energy, joy, ambition and so on. It is possible to force a tree to evade dormancy if you keep it inside and with a stable temperature and light pattern. However, this is usually bad for the tree. It’s natural for trees to go through dormancy cycles, and the lifespan of the plant is dramatically decreased if the tree is not allowed to go dormant for a few months. Trees have winter dormancy for a reason, and it’s best to just let them run their course as nature intended. That being said grief too is an important part of healing and being whole, to grieve is cleanse oneself for renewal. To prepare for new growth and embrace the beauty of the person you are becoming.

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