So when sad and trying, probably heartbreaking times are upon us - we may feel so alone. People of faith may find solace and strength to carry on with this as a guide.
Others of us who have no particular beliefs to help us through will still share those feelings of loss and grief and seek to find the way forward. Each person's grief is unique yet the universal experience of it is the same.
Although it is natural to retreat to one's individual comfort zone at these times and it feels right, we probably lose sight if only briefly that we are not alone in these feelings -many before us have been here, many are with us now and more will be there in the future.
In my own deep grief at this moment I struggle to feel connected to the present....... it will come.
This is my new beginning..... here.
So I reach out to all of you who are feeling loss and sadness of whatever kind right now in your life.
I send you hope and love and the message that you really are not alone -across the miles, the time zones, the cultures and the politics- we all share and understand this experience and we need each other to come through it and find the courage to greet the new day again.
Penni and family on the loss of her dearly loved father, Howard
and to my family who lost our own dear Grandma, Erna, shortly after her 100th birthday, on Nov 8