Grieving? Wondering how you’ll go on without that loved one in your life? Here in southern Indiana, as in most states, grief counsellors are on call 24/7 with sympathetic and kind words. But what if you could keep that sense of love that your dear one represented forever? My colleague, Karla Hackney, writing for the October 2, 2015 of Southern Oregon Bogs shares a personal experience of loss and the email from a friend that brought light and healing. Here’s Karla:
Some of my dearest friends live in Roseburg and in the wake of yesterday’s shootings, a permeating and tangible flood of love is pouring into their community. I found this promise in my hymnal – “Earth has no sorrow but Love can remove.” With that sparkle of hope, I share my own experience of love removing sorrow and my prayers for the dear families and friends of Roseburg.
She left us abruptly and without warning. I was advised to be grateful that she didn’t suffer.
That didn’t help.
The temptation was to turn inward, to wallow in the dark side of losing my mother. I found myself anticipating and fixated on an unfillable void. The future, how would it look and feel? I sat in front of the blank computer screen with a “very loud” proverbial clock ticking off the minutes before the memorial. Friends told me I didn’t have to say anything.
But I desperately wanted to get above the emotional upheaval. I wanted to share a sense of comfort with everyone. I knew that love would win.
An email from an insightful friend appeared in my inbox.