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What a Plastic Bag Taught Me About Healing Traumatic Grief

When you look at this photo, you probably see nothing more than a plastic bag.

I see the trigger that caused me to have two panic episodes in the hospital — the first roughly three years ago, and the second about a year ago — and ultimately, the catalyst for me realizing I was struggling with unaddressed childhood trauma tied to my mom’s sudden death 25 years ago, and needed to seriously consider trauma therapy (which I began almost five months ago).

Unfortunately, due to current events with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, social distancing and the transition to virtual therapy sessions as “the new normal” for the time being, my therapist and I came to the decision together to table any further trauma “digging” until we’re able to

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