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Good morning Dear Ones. I saw this article this morning, themighty.com/2016/12/grief-timeline-getting-sick/ and it hit a nerve. Usually by this time of year I have made 6 kinds of candy and truffles, wrapped all the presents, and enjoyed all the church services and family parties. But I look around and I have to accept those things won’t happen this year. My own health issues have not allowed it.
This year I have watched a loved one decline into dementia.
I don’t share this story often, but it was 13 years ago that I could not celebrate Christmas. My depression had hit a new low in the spring of that year. I was an island of pain. We stopped attending church, I stopped talking to friends and family, I stopped doing anything I enjoyed. I was completely alone with my pain. I kept it that way all through spring, summer and fall of that year.
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I found this article interesting. Of course no article can cover all the ways that grief touches us, but I hope that something will speak to you. You are not alone. Hugs to you today!
“Have you ever lost someone you love
And wanted one more conversation,
One more chance to make up
For the time when you thought
They would be here forever?
If so, then you know you can go
Your whole life collecting days,
And none will outweigh the day
You wish you had back.”
~ Mitch Albom
Much love to you,
God, my spirit is longing for something more. Oh, how my heart aches
sometimes. May I walk forward secure in the certainty of heaven’s
joy-filled existence and my own eternal destination. And as I wait to go
there, may I live my life always mindful of Your promises.
~From Mourning to Joy,
Grief is like the ocean;
It comes in waves,
Ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm,
And sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.
~ Vicki Harrison
Love to you,
Some of the grief we feel comes from our own health concerns- cancer, diabetes, loss of a limb, fibromyalgia. The list could go on and on.
When we are first diagnosed with an illness friends and family might rally around us offering support and comfort. As time goes on we can be left feeling alone because we are dealing with the pain and grief every moment. We can’t be surrounded by friends all the time,
Fifteen years ago today the unimaginable happened. A thing so horrible that
just the mention of it takes me back to that moment. Suddenly it was like
the world stopped spinning. Our nation was in mourning.
The news coverage was 24 hours a day for several days. I think I watched
the first 24 hours without a break. The stock exchange shut down for a
week. Musicians sang songs about our loss,
When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.
I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.
I find it impossible to let a friend of relative go into that country of no return.
*Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night
anyway. *~ Mary C. Crowley
Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A child can live with anything as long as he or she is told the truth and
is allowed to share with loved ones the natural feelings people have when
they are suffering.- Eda LeShan
You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for
grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a
love. Grieving is not weakness nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural
as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when
your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart. – Doug
One cannot get through life without pain…What we can do is choose how to
use the pain life presents to us. – Bernie S. Siegel
Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an
emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.
The only cure for grief is to grieve. – Earl Grollman
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to
us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice,
solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our
wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in
a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief
“The reality is that we don’t forget, move on, and have closure, but rather
we honor, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings
into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one
alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.”
~ Harriet Schiff, author of The Bereaved Parent
We need each other in all things that we do and all trials that we go
God is Love.
2 Corinthians 1:4 We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves receive from God.