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There is an expected order to time in our world. Life, for the most part, follows along a fairly natural path. But then, there are bumps that come up in that road, and sometimes, folks will run up on a full canyon with no bridge. Suddenly that road of life is impossible to navigate. Eventually, a bridge can be built across a canyon, the path can continue on the other side. It takes courage, a community, and careful thought to build those bridges. And time.
Grief is a strange thing. It is not linear, it has ups and downs, and at times requires you to double back. Grief, in fact, is the process of building the bridge across the canyon on the road of life. Grief stops you and forces you to work to go again.
I am not an authority on anything. I have knowledge, and I can offer it to you, but your journey is your own. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a place where there aren’t any right words. Sometimes, we can only keep breathing, hold close to someone we love, and pray hard for better times.
In this case, I believe wise words to ponder are better than any advice I can give you.
The loneliest walk you’ll ever take is the one down the road of grief. –Author Unknown
There are losses that rearrange the world. Deaths that change the way you see everything, grief that tears everything down. Pain that transports you to an entirely different universe, even while everyone else thinks nothing has really changed. – Megan Devine
Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go. – Jamie Anderson
The world will break your heart. Grief might be, in some ways, the long aftermath of love, the internal work of knowing, holding, more fully valuing what we have lost. – Mark Doty
I know you feel broken, so I won’t tell you to have a wonderful day. Instead I whisper these words to you ‘just hold on’. As the darkest days of grief start to get less, the sun will rise again for you. – Zoe Clark-Coates
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love. – Washington Irving
Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith: it is the price of love. – Elizabeth I