February 6 2017

By: Jackie Hook
Monday, February 6, 2017

This month our theme is Love is Eternal. To illustrate this I’ll share a story of a woman who came to the support gatherings I facilitate after losing her husband of 60 years. This couple met in high school and were together from then on. After his death, her life was very different and she wanted to reconcile, a word which from its roots means make good again. This woman courageously allowed herself to feel the grief on the way to this reconciliation. At first she was present in the support gatherings and took it all in. We talked about different ways to embrace a new life – my “4-3-2-1-! of Hope, Healing and Wholeness.” Over time, I could see more light in her spirit. One day she approached me after a meeting and said she had just spent two days experiencing the love she and her husband shared. How could that be? Love is eternal.

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