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Colleen Young, Connect Director (@colleenyoung)

Grief in Times of Celebration: The Empty Spot

Loss & Grief | Last Active: Dec 26, 2023 | Replies (36)

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I recently found this image that helped me better understand grief. (image credit to Karen Gibbs https://karengibbs.com.au/growing-with-grief/)

So often people say it will shrink or fade with time. That felt like that was adding loss to loss for me. I didn't want my loved one to shrink or fade, nor did I want our love to lessen in my heart. I much rather envision the love (and therefore grief) staying the same, but that I give myself permission to continue to gather life and love experiences that give me additional cushion and space around the sadness of grief.

Does that make sense?

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I lost my father when I was young I am now 66. I remember him well. Time puts other thoughts in the fore, but you will always love and not forget.
Isaiah 25:8 is a promise that will happen when soon Jehovah takes back full sovereignty. Satan’s challenge will soon be finished. You can see your loved again.

It makes wonderful sense and you have just inspired me. Thank you!

@colleenyoung Yes, that makes perfect sense!

The word picture of " I give myself permission to continue to gather life and love experiences that give me additional cushion and space around the sadness of grief" is absolutely amazing!

Thanks, Colleen, for this great Christmas gift to those of us who miss those who have passed on.