“Whenever someone sorrows, I do not say, “forget it,” or “it will pass,” or “it could be worse” — all of which deny the integrity of the painful experience. But I say, to the contrary, “It is worse than you may allow yourself to think. Delve into the depth. Stay with the feeling. Think of it as a precious source of knowledge and guidance. Then and only then will you be ready to face it and be transformed in the process.” ~ Peter Koestenbaum
We cannot re-create this world…We cannot even, truly, re-create ourselves. Only our behavior can we re-create, or create anew. ~Alice Walker
Healing After Loss meditations by Martha Whitmore Hickman
All winter, in many parts of the country, the earth has lain brown and barren—or covered with chilling snow.
But beneath that apparently lifeless earth the roots of plants have maintained themselves in a necessary hibernation. Then, come spring, year after year, the earth comes to life again, and blooms with beauty and nurturance.
Maybe this can be a model of trust for us in these new green months of early summer—that the season of depression and sorrow will, in time, give way to a renewed love of life and appreciation for its gifts—including the gift of the life and the legacy of the one we have loved.