Grief is a natural response with the death or loss of someone you love.
As originally identified by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, there are five stages to the grief process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
As a nurse, I understand this process from many a text book. As a writer, I will translate theory into poetic expression...
Henry Van Dyke, American author, 1852-1933
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying...
Hoping that one of my faithful readers and dearest friends will find some comfort in Henry Van Dyke’s timeless, healing words about death and dying.
Sending you love and hugs across the miles and sharing a couple songs with you, dear P…
Until next week, wishing you peace and love,
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