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Joy today: Finding peace in grief

Today my family is feeling a tragic, unexpected loss of a friend. We aren’t unique in our grief. I know there are many people suffering loss. These words from Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper helped me. If you’re hurting now, I hope they help you, too.

2 thoughts on “Joy today: Finding peace in grief”

  1. So sorry for your loss and that of your family, Christa. The video is quite touching. I hope these bring you solace as well:

    “Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Permit no difference in your tone; wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was; let it be spoken without effect, without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolute unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near just around the corner. All is well.”
    ________

    A Parable of Immortality, by Henry Van Dyke

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There she goes!”

    Gone where? Gone from my sight … that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes! there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

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