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Maybe you've been angry all the time lately—angry at friends, angry at God, angry at yourself, and even angry at your deceased loved one. You want to blame someone for your loved one’s death, but you don't know whom. Anger is a normal part of the grieving process.
Sights, sounds, and smells that we associate with people are parts of everyday life. Many times, we don't pay much attention to them until a family member or friend is no longer with us. It is during our grieving that certain senses are heightened and come to the forefront, and we feel as though we are not normal. We are. We simply want to be close to our dads, moms, sons, daughters, spouses, or friends, and that is okay.
She came into the office and took her seat opposite me. Unacquainted, we exchanged small talk before beginning the journey together. I asked her to tell me her story. She paused pensively, as if standing outside peeking into the windows of her own memories.
When I see the plate, it reminds me of my grandmother and the special relationship I had with her. But the plate has additional significance for me as well...
God has created our world in such a way that we have seasonal changes. We begin to feel a coolness in the air, and the leaves begin to change their colors and eventually fall to the ground, leading into the chill of winter. Grief is much like this in our lives.
In today's world, we are all joined together in the common bond of grief to remember those for whom it was their time to leave this world. None of us are alone. Although we grieve for different people, our grief is shared. A Honduran proverb says, "Grief shared is half grief."