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Nature always soothes me during times of loss, regardless of what the loss may be. Taking a walk in the woods, laying down on the ground, walking along the beach and hearing the water lap at the stones. Being in nature restores my connection with the larger community of life and I am no longer alone.
My faith and my church. Deeply connected friends and family. Walking on the beach with not many people around and listening to the waves.
Self help books, listening to music with special lyrics. Looking thru photos, cards, letters or special items that remind me of the person I lost. Visiting the cemetery and planting flowers or leaving special decorate items they would like there.
Sunshine, a soft bed, being able to love and be loved, a hot cup of coffee.
Having those that care around to add comfort and laughter. Prayers and my faith. However; whatever we do …grief is still lonely. Blessings to all.
I have experienced many losses in my
life and my reaction has been to shield
my emotions and keep them from
effecting me and those around me. I’ve
mostly felt alone in my grief. I am now more
aware of the importance of connection,
and I’m more connected, and I will use
this resource to express my emotions.
Part of my meditation is to think of
people I have lost, with gratitude for
the gifts they have left me with.
My faith and spiritual practices. The love of my family. Being in nature. The courage of those who have walked before me in sorrow and grief. The knowing that joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Really most of the Psalms as I cry cleansing tears on my way through them during times of loss.
Thank you all for your generous sharing. Have a blessed day 🙏
Telling stories about the loved one with others who also loved them.
Being able to laugh at funny stories even through the tears.
Looking at pictures–not so much the formally posed ones, but the spontaneous ones that show a real moment as it happens.
Remembering their voices–a tough memory to retain if there’s no recording, but every so often I summon up the voices of people who are gone now and hear them again.
Writing about them, or rereading something I wrote while they were still here.
Saying their names long after they’re gone.
I take solace being alone with friends, memories and laughter when there is loss. I just saw a cartoon that spoke volumes. A person is in bed obviously sick and he is surrounded by pigeons. The caption said: We were wondering why you didn’t come to the park.
Care and compassion received and given are also solace.
Family, friends, faith.
The compassion and love of dear friends.
Family and friends gathered or otherwise connected. Spending time outdoors.
Grateful to be here with you on another Prayer Tuesday Pilgrim. I hope that Spring is in the air in your neck of the woods. Such a beautiful time of new beginnings, which is something I’ve been contemplating quite a bit as of late.
This question has me thinking of Ursula. Sending her family love and comfort and honoring her courageous spirit.
~Om Shanti friend ♥
My Friend, thank you for bringing Ursula into my/our day today. This fills my heart.
Today is the first day here in which Spring is spilling over everywhere. Joy! There are actual leaves on the trees, some of them almost fully leafed out, and the flowering trees are beautiful. The birds are happy and busy and singing.
Grace abounds. Blessings to you and your family.
All the caring loving people and hairy friends I have had a long the way have helped me thought times of “loss”. Maybe what we think is loss isn’t a loss but can feel painful to us because of our attachment? I think zen master Thay has taught us that nothing is lost and when we look at natures flow we see nothing is lost. I know there can be a lot of suffering when or loved ones pass. I hope that we can all be here for each other during these times.
Beautifully said, Antoinette. Thank You.
When birds fly in formation it becomes a phalanx as soon as one of the birds drops out and is no longer able take advantage of the airstream starts to struggle to keep up. Then at the precise momi in time all the rest of the birds in the formation drop down to assist the one bird back into their phalanx.
The caring and presence of friends and family helped tremendously as did time by myself to absorb the loss and adjust to my new normal, although that aspect was the most difficult part of the journey. In time, memories were/are a great comfort.
Friends, a minister, a counselor, time, a Bible verse namely Jerimiah 29:11, and writing about my life with the loved one lost illustrated with art and pictures.
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