I have discovered a new stage of grief. I didn't know it was phase until a widow friend told me it was: the quiet time.
I find myself withdrawing into silence, into myself. I don't want to talk to people, go out, see anyone. I just want to be alone...in my own inner being. I don't want to remember out loud or share. I am griefwalking in radio silence.
It's rather odd, actually. It feels like introversion to the nth degree and while I am an introvert at heart, this is extreme even for me.
My friend says that it's just a stage and it will pass.
I wonder what other surprise stages are waiting for me.