Friday, April 22, 2011

Grief is Everywhere

Sadnessphoto © 2007 Dr. Wendy Longo | more info (via: Wylio)When thinking about the subject of grief, and talking to others about my loss, I've been reminded that grief is everywhere and it comes in many forms.  Grief can come from many places, a death of a loved one, a divorce, an illness, losing a job, from being abused, and from personal struggles we encounter on a daily basis.  Grieving Erica has made me more aware of the people around me.  My family, friends, colleagues and students whom I'm around all the time, many of them have grief in their lives. 

It is very easy to become self-absorbed in our modern society.  We are taught from an early age that the only ones that can help us is ourselves.  Somewhere along the way our compassion for others has disappeared.  But every single one of us at some point will need the comfort and support from someone else.  We walk past people everyday who are hurting.  Do we treat them kindly or do we walk the other way?  Our actions matter, because grief is everywhere.

Quote:  There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. ~Author Unknown  

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