Guest post By Gary Roe
Jeff was a good friend. He sat in front of me in seventh grade English. He was quiet, respectful, and smart. He was easy to be with.
The day after Christmas break, Jeff was absent. He wasn’t there the next day either. The third day, the principle came in, looking somber.
“I’m sorry to tell you this,” she said. “Jeff got very sick with spinal meningitis during Christmas. He didn’t make it.”
I stared at her in shock. I dropped my eyes and gazed at the empty desk in front of me. “He didn’t make… Continue reading
Grief is so often a painful experience and for some a journey that never seems to end and they suffer such great sadness long after a loved one has died. Although we all grieve differently and there is no timetable saying our grief should only last a certain period of time, we can also get stuck in grief that paralyzes us from continuing to live our own life.
Recently I heard the spiritual author and teacher Gary Zukav say some thing that I thought was worth sharing because I found him quite thought provoking.
He said “If you think people… Continue reading
By Allen Klein
After we experience a loss, we tend to focus on what we no longer have. As a result we focus our energy on the negative, or what is missing in our life, rather than on the positive, or all of those wonderful things we still have. One of my spiritual teachers once told me that when we want what we don’t have, we waste what we do have. To translate that into loss-related situations—to want what is no longer in our life is to waste what still remains in our life.
We usually don’t think about giving… Continue reading
The grief over the sudden deaths and injuries will make people pause and wonder if they are safe? Is their city safe and are their children safe. We are all experiencing the shock, anger and sadness which are all typical reactions of grief.
How do we talk to our children about what’s happened?
We should talk to our kids… Continue reading
By now we have all seen the 24/7 coverage of the destruction on the east coast left by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th. What I see are the many losses that the people will bear who have survived.
When we think of grief we immediately think of the loss of life and yet in addition to loss of life and the grief the families must bear is the huge grief survivors face. Loss of their homes, all their personal possessions many of which are irreplaceable, their livelihood and their communities. Yes, their is much grief in… Continue reading