May 2 2022

By: Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 2, 2022

This month our theme is “Rebirth after Loss.” I believe rebirth can be a part of the grief journey. After loss, we need to make our life good again and that involves many different kinds of rebirths -  a rebirth of our identity, our day-to-day life and our future to name a few. But I say “I believe” because I always want to balance any talk about rebirth with the recognition that not every griever believes in it. Depending on where they are in their grief, rebirth may not feel like a possibility -- and definitely not a possibility they would have chosen. They’d rather have their loved ones back. Although preferring our loved ones’ return is a given but not an option, I hold hope for others that they will experience rebirths after their losses – at minimum that they will have a rebirth of more compassion because they truly understand suffering. 

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