Good Grief

Grief from loss happens on a recurring basis. While spring is blooming, the winds of change carried the recent and tragic loss of a young friend, the passing of several distant relatives and the ongoing e-mails from clients about their loss and final days with their beloved animals.

Sometimes, it feels like too much.  I ponder honoring loss in the cycle of life, bringing grief to consciousness, and the release from a good cry…  Grieving just takes time. The great German poet Rainer Marie Rilke says: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves”.

Oriental Tree Peony by Karen Messick

Naturally, we incorporate the pain of grief into our being, eventually moving to a place where joy and grief live together.  We change in this process, not returning to who we were before, but evolving to be more.  Like a spring peony unfolding, we emerge as a bold blossom. We again open to love, loss, grief and joy; a cycle of cycles.  Ultimately, the goal is to include loss in our love and trust of life.

I stumbled upon this insightful video “Crying: The Ritual of Healing – Women’s Wisdom of Africa” amidst composing this post.

Rest easy and run free:  Blossom Light, Hasty, Abby, Kimbu, Bam, Frodo, Justice, Aunt Nancy, Aunt Carolyn, Chris, Taz, and Beamer

4 thoughts on “Good Grief

  1. Nancy T says:

    Excellent post Rachael. The quote by the German poet is new to me. I enjoyed the Ritual of Healing…always enjoy your mother’s work.

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