Monday, July 11, 2022

In Grief: Finding Comfort in Writings

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~ Lord Byron

A reader writes: We are all on a rough journey, a journey with no map and our companion is not by our side as we know it, but if we move ahead forward at whatever pace we so choose and find comfort in some way we have traveled far...I enjoy seeking these poems/writings as they are indeed comforting and they stimulate your thought process allowing you to really see the light so to speak. 

Having a bumpy ride this week, this has helped....grab a tissue...

A shadow of joy flickered; it is me.
I told you I wouldn't leave.
My memories, my thoughts are imbedded deep in your heart.
I still love you.
Do not for one moment think that you have been abandoned.
I am in the Light.
In the corner, in the hall, the car, the yard ~
these are the places I stay with you.
My spirit rises every time you pray for me,
but my energy comes closer to you.
Love does not diminish; it grows stronger.
I am the feather that finds you in the yard,
the dimmed light that grows brighter in your mind,
I place our memories for you to see.
We lived in our special way,
a way that now has its focus changed.
I still crave your understanding
and long for the many words of prayer
and good fortune for my soul.
I am in the Light.
As you struggle to adjust without me,
I watch silently.
Sometimes I summon up all the strength of my new world
to make you notice me.
Impressed by your grief,
I try to impress my love deeper into your consciousness.
As you should, I call out to the Heavens for help.
You should know that the fountain of youth does exist.
My soul is now healthy.
Your love sends me new found energy.
I am adjusting to this new world.
I am with you and I am in the Light.
Please don't feel bad that you can't see me.
I am with you wherever you go.
I protect you,
just as you protected me so many times.
Talk to me and somehow I will find a way to answer you.
Mother, Father, son or daughter, it makes no difference.
Brother, sister, lover, husband or wife, it makes no difference.
Whatever our connection ~ friend or even foe ~ I see you with my new eyes.
I am learning to help wherever you are, wherever I am needed.
This can be done because I am in the Light.
When you feel despair, reach out to me. I will come.
My love for you truly does transcend from Heaven to Earth.
Finish your life with the enthusiasm and zest that you had
when we were together in the physical sense.
You owe this to me, but more importantly,
you owe it to yourself.
Life continues for both of us.
I am with you because I love you
and I am in the Light.

-- Author Unknown

I have found many comforting quotations on your Comfort for Grieving Hearts and Comfort for Grieving Animal Lovers pages -- what a wonderful collection! I have found many in several grief books as well. Maybe you could explain why these comfort us so....Thanks again Marty.

My response: I'm not sure I can explain why we find such pieces so comforting, my friend ~ I just know from experience that they do. As another mourner said, “for me it means I am less alone, that someone else feels the same feeling I feel or shares the same value. I feel heard, connected. We all are basically alone (an existential aloneness) but when someone, even a stranger, has shared and voices my feeling or idea or value almost exactly as I experience it, that existential aloneness lifts for a moment and I feel connected to humanity through that person. That is as close as I can come.”

Speaking for myself, I know how I feel when I'm reading an article or a book and a particular phrase, sentence or paragraph rings true to me, or strikes me in a certain way: sometimes touching my heart, sometimes bringing me to my knees, always filling me with admiration at the writer's ability to express a thought so well. Whenever this happens, I always feel a need to capture such quotations so I won't forget them or lose them ~ and these pages on my website give me a place to put them, a way to keep them all in one place. And because the site is there for everyone to see, I can share them with the world. Another wonder of the Internet! 

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