Feeling like a human and not just a pile of snot and tears is difficult during a season of grief. I had no interest in looking like a supermodel, but I did want to be able to go to the grocery store without looking like a swamp monster. These essential toiletries made looking normal, even if I didn’t feel normal, possible in my grief:
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Dry Shampoo – this is one of the best inventions ever. After Aubrey and Ellie died I leaned heavily on the brunette colored hair powder to help show my face without looking like a homeless woman.
face cleansing towelettes – Grief takes every ounce of energy you have. I was so tired most nights, washing my face was impossible. These did the job when my energy was gone. I’d keep them by my bed so I didn’t even have to walk into the bathroom.
waterless toothbrush – I can’t tell you how many times I got in the car to go somewhere and realized in the fog of my grief I didn’t even brush my teeth. I kept these in my purse for those “oh crap” moments and they served their purpose beautifully.
Calendula Cream – Crying a lot and using a thousand tissues causes chapped skin around the nose, lips, and eyes. This cream has a cooling gel-like texture that I loved on my raw, grief-stricken skin. It absorbs well without the shininess of an ointment so I could wear it during the day.
At night I’d apply it to the chapped areas of my face and cover it with Aquaphor while I slept. It helped my skin heal so I could show my face in public without feeling self-conscious.
waterproof mascara – For me, mascara helped me feel like I was making an effort. Not an effort to be pretty, but an effort to belong to the land of the living. A little mascara was dignifying and since I cried every single day for two years, only waterproof would do.
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What have you found helps you feel human in your grief?
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