meditations

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.

~ Psalm 23

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.

~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Loss and possession, death and life are one, there falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

~ Hilaire Belloc (“On a Sundial”)

 Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.

~ Meister Eckhart

Emerging, flourishing, dissolving back again, this is the eternal process of return.

~ Daodejing 16

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.

~ Malcolm X

Anyone with a heart, with a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand that basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we’ll see that person again – or perhaps knowing that we won’t.

~ Luanne Rice

It is important to feel the anger without judging it, without attempting to find meaning in it. It may take many forms: anger at the health-care system, at life, at your loved one for leaving. Life is unfair. Death is unfair. Anger is a natural reaction to the unfairness of loss.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.

~ Anne Roiphe

With longing and distress we are reminded of our nothingness.

~ Mechtild of Magdeburg

When the words stop
And you can endure the silence
That reveals your hearts pain
Of emptiness
Or that great wrenching-sweet longing
This is the time to try and listen
To what the Beloved’s eyes
Most want to say.

~ Hafiz

 If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.

If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.

~ Daodejing 22, 23