July 18 2016

By: Jackie Hook
Monday, July 18, 2016

Have you ever taken the opportunity to let go into your grief?  Sometimes avoiding grief is harder than simply experiencing it. This proved true for me a few years ago when I said goodbye to a phase of my life. After homeschooling both of our children for all of their lives, they both chose to go to school for the first time on a late August day. Although excited for them that morning, I also felt sadness for the loss of the life I knew. At first I pushed the sadness away but then had the freedom to surrender to it. Afterwards I was struck by how much better I felt and how I really was able to let go of my life as it was. I was grateful for the freedom to grieve in my own way.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

May 23 2022

When I think about rebirth after loss, this David Whyte poem comes to my mind: When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone, no part of the world can find you. Tim...

May 16 2022

Just as last week I described my rebirths after loss, I also have the privilege of carrying with me the stories of many others’ rebirths. For example, one widow who realized for the first time that...

May 9 2022

As we talk more about “Rebirth after Loss,” I want to share the rebirths my husband and I experienced during and after our six pregnancy losses. At one point on our journey, we were asked to share ...

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 rebirth...

April 25 2022

In addition to my own experiences of grounded grieving, I’ve heard many stories of others. I read of a woman who fell to her knees on the ground and wailed to nourish herself and release some of th...

April 18 2022

When we talk about “Grounded Grieving,” I’m reminded of the time I spent seven hours in solitude in the woods at a mountain retreat in North Carolina. I was by myself in one area of the woods simpl...

April 11 2022

As we further explore “Grounded Grieving,” I want to talk about grounded ways to nourish ourselves and release some of our pain when we’re grieving. I think Howard Thurman said it well, “There is s...

April 4 2022

Our theme this month is “Grounded Grieving.” I love the word ground and its many derivatives. The very ground we live on; grounding ourselves and going deep within; being grounded by our beliefs; a...

March 28 2022

I often talk about moving our grief from the inside to the outside through mourning. How we mourn can help feed our souls. Mourning through creative expression is one way. Consider these words from...

March 21 2022

I invite you to consider this Oscar Wilde quote, “Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realise what that means. They will know nothing of life till they do, - and nature...