Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will post a reflection on grief as I continue to explore its landscape and listen to you. In the sharing of our stories with each other, we find encouragement and build a community of support.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

You Who Love the Dead




As you wait in the dark, be brave. 
Let your body feel whatever it feels. 
Let your heart drift unanchored.
For a time, be lost.

The world will go on as it has, 
more concerned about itself. 
Even Yosemite with its mountains and rivers 
will seem cold when you first return.

Be true to grief. 
You do not have to be happy, 
or smile for friends when you’re shopping, 
or pretend to care about anything. 

Come. Sit beside me. 
We’ll drink coffee and talk about grief’s hesitations. 
We’ll lean back into the warm, afternoon sun 
and share where we are broken.

One day your wild, compassionate heart 
will yearn to love again. 
You will open the door and say Yes
We will be waiting.


                                                                  Mark Liebenow