Thank you Gail for the wealth of ideas.
Sorry for the delay in response–our system opened our 4th hospital this weekend. Busy days–calls for that non-anxious presence each and every day.
After my hubby’s health crisis, I wrote a letter to a friend telling all that happened–and the ways I saw God at work. I still haven’t typed it to send, but I plan to–and this is encouraging me to do so.
I also tried the Biopoem–new term for me. Remembered my grandmother–who died when I was in graduate school.
humble, hardworking, loving
grandmother to Kathy and 25 others; mother to Alvin and 6 more
baking, crochet, soap operas
hardship, grief, determination
reared children and grandchildren, entrepreneur, respect
Fort Pierce, Florida
I was reminded of here life through the depression, loss of husband at an early age, loss of children and grandchildren, had a business of sorts–boarded horses on her property, proud woman.
I’m reminded of the song we use for our Children’s Memorial Service–a song written in honor of a woman’s nephew –Precious Child. Sometimes phrases of that song come to mind as I hear of the loss of a loved one.
Gail, the black box is powerful. So many times in visiting patients–and I learn of their grief, we seem to be acknowledging their grief–and giving permission to be on a journey along the grief process. Each journey is different–and no set time.
As I’m writing, I realize that the last few years at work have had elements of grief. My boss retired, I changed locations of work after 19 years, new people joined the department, one left, oversight changed, more locations added. So many changes–different from grieving the loss of a loved one, but grieving the loss of friends, co-workers, work situations, routines. So my days when I feel a bit flaky or unproductive, may be days when I’m more aware of my grief. Then other days I’m optimistic and ready for whatever comes. Sounds like life to me.