Posts Tagged ‘grief



23
Dec
14

Is it silly or insignificant?

The loss of a loved one…a human is profound. What is it about the loss of a pet that we take into our lives, or is it the other way around? Profound loss, I say. Months later it brings tears. So powerful was the influence of Emma Louise in our lives that even today the mere mention of her name or her image causes a pause for reflection and an audible or silent homage.

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Less evident are the pet’s feelings left behind. I am convinced they suffer affliction to their routines, patterns and yes hearts! Harley, was very close to Emma.

 

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Harley has seemed at a loss for the last six months since Emma passed. Time has passed but the routines are different now. Harley seems to be much more dependent now even with lots of loves. The nuisance and teasing of two cats has not lifted Harley’s spirits.

When I come across the postings of folks that lose a pet, my eyes well up for their loss and for my unresolved loss. So it is.

19
Nov
14

Dusk

A transition from clarity toward feeling one’s way. Light bleeding away toward a silence, a time to contemplate or to avoid self. In the back of the mind, because one has prepared for this after life’s experiences, one knows a light, a bright spot of grace is there to illuminate the way. There’s comfort in knowing the darkness is at bay.

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05
Jun
14

A State of Mind, A State of Being………..

From the Daily Mail/UK: 12 y/o Athena Orchard recently died from a cancerous tumor on her spine. After her death, the parents were tidying her room and moved a mirror leaning against the wall. On the back of the mirror they found a long list of positive phrases the young girl had posted to the backing of the mirror. 

A young girl, fighting or enduring cancer, the mind struggles and seeks positive input. She kept this secret for a later discovery for those left behind? Also, for her own passage through that ordeal? Today, for us? A state of mind, day by day, to make a choice about life, and perhaps death.

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03
Jun
14

Emma Louise Passes On…………….

On June 3, 2003 our family brought Emma Louise into our home. On June 3, 2014 we let her go to a gentler place. No words can describe the pain of this loss to our family. Such is life and loss. Thank you Emma for all the joy you bestowed upon us every day of your life.

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27
Nov
13

Giving Thanks Days………..

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Surrounded by family, friends or sitting alone, give thanks for those that have loved you, still love you or touch your life with the simplest of pleasantries. In the days ahead, give thanks for your kind heart and spread the love through the coming holidays and beyond. 

09
Nov
13

Photography: Progressions in Grief…..

Seem drawn to this cemetery theme. It was a cemetery setting atop a wind swept hill. The wind was blowing down from the East, out of the Columbia Gorge. Chilly, unsettling. As I gazed down at this family’s progression of loss, I imagined the family standing atop this hill, once again, suffering the loss of a child. Even one child seems unfathomable.  

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01
Aug
12

Life: In The Crucible……………….

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

In one of those quiet rooms in a hospital; down the hallway from some harsh reality. SwittersB




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