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Teresa, Volunteer Mentor (@hopeful33250)

Can Joy and Grief Live Together?

Loss & Grief | Last Active: Nov 30, 2019 | Replies (22)

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@dthayer

I find your observation so completely accurate. I have a career that is all-consuming during my work week. I am able to think of my mom, whom I lost just over two years ago, with relatively little grief. I think of funny stories she told when I was a little girl, delicious Italian dinners, her immense beauty–and can actually feel joy.

On Sundays, however, I inevitably feel some degree of sadness. Perhaps some of that is that I lost Mom on a Sunday. I have come to accept this as my reality. I am still productive. I can still laugh. I can see tomorrow.

Not long after I lost Mom, I read something about grief that made complete sense–and that I have found to be absolutely accurate: Rather than fading with time, grief weaves itself into every aspect of our lives. It, then, does live alongside joy.

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Hello @dthayer,

Thank you for joining this discussion. What a great description of how grief can live alongside of joy as it weaves its way into our life.

Any others who would like to comment on the eventual weaving of grief and joy?

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