Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will post something about grief. Sometimes it will be a reflection on an aspect of grief’s landscape. Now and then I will share from my own journey of grief, because in the sharing of our stories we find strength and build a community of people that support one another.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

After Death Has Closed

After death has closed the door on someone’s life, we stand still, unsure what to do, which way to move, what to think, and we wonder what is appropriate for us to feel. A river of conflicting emotions flow through us – grief, anger, sorrow, sadness, joy, relief.

A life is over. We breathe in slowly, and exhale. 

The chill of night holds us for a time, then passes. Dawn’s light rises on the horizon and unveils a world where life is beginning again.

We sit among friends with reassuring smiles and hugs and share stories of the one who is gone. On mornings after this, in the midst of our sorrow, we realize how grateful we are to have loved someone this much that we miss them so greatly.

Grief takes us to a sacred place.

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