Expression of Grief
We all experience grief in our lives…death of a loved one, a prodigal child, separation from a friend, divorce, loss of a job etc. The list goes on and on. It changes our lives. Our lives will never be the same.
“Those who have studied the grieving process recognize that the entire first year after a loss can be a roller coaster ride that deeply affects one’s daily living. And we need to get this straight—people never “get over it.” That phrase ought to be banned from our vocabulary. It makes no sense when talking about losing a loved one. Grieving people learn to adjust to a new way of living, they don’t “get over” their loss. Who would want that anyway?” ~ Chaplain Mike
William Wetmore Story (1819-1895) was a sculptor, an artist, a poet and poured out his grief into a beautiful tombstone for his beloved wife. There it sits in Rome in a Protestant cemetery- the very expression of grief. What he was feeling emanates from the block of stone and when we look at it, we can say, ”That’s what I feel like”. We are comforted knowing that we are not alone. Grief is part of life and “joy cometh in the morning”.
We don’t get over it, it changes us, and it visits us again and again. But it is part of God’s plan for us and one day He promises to wipe away all of our tears.