I do not know anything about grief. There have been many moments when I have been sad, no doubt. But the feeling of sadness is not grief.
I have had a protected childhood. I have always been pampered by my family. Thus I was clueless about what to write for the prompt.
But I wanted to understand ‘Grief’. I wanted to know how it affects people and how they deal with it. So I searched the net for quotes on grief and coping with grief. A message that came across was mostly to accept grief and grieve for our loss.
When I Think Of Death by Maya Angelou.
When I Think Of Death
When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with
alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day
will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.
I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.
find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that
country of no return.
Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in
I answer the heroic question, ‘death, where is thy sting?’ with
‘it is here in my heart and mind and memories.’
One more day by Diamond Rio
One more day
One more time
One more sunset, may’be I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you.
- ” Make the most of your regrets: Never smother your sorrow, But tend and cherish it ’til it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
-Henry David Thoreau
- “Ain’t no shame in holding on to grief…. as long as you make room for other things too.
-“Bubbles” The Wire
- “She was no longer wrestling with her grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it sharer in her thoughts.”
- “Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.”
- “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn t live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
Reading these quotes and many others while searching on the net, served many purposes for me.
I learnt to accept other’s grief. I would empathise with them but never understood their grief. Now I do.
These quotes helped me put my own thoughts into perspective and also share other’s feelings and convey a message.
Prompt 1: Forgive
Prompt 2: Miracle
Prompt 3: Serenity
Prompt 4: Nurture
Prompt 5: Influence
Prompt 6: Trust