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Loss and sadness - part of our shared journey

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.

Dedicated to

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

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Comment by Maureen Griffin on December 3, 2012 at 2:21am

Thank you too Connie for your very kind and helpful words. We do so miss them - in so many ways. It is still very painful to us all and hearing of other's people's losses reassures us that we have not been singled out for this heart rending experience. Each situation is unique but loss is loss and sadness, sadness the world over. It also reminds us so strongly that the stability we crave is subject to the laws of Nature like everything else. Many thanks again.

Comment by Connie Crew on November 28, 2012 at 8:31pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Maureen. I, too, lost my dear MIL in 2005. They certainly leave a hole in our lives when they pass. While we will miss them always, they are still somehow present. God bless you and your family!
Comment by Maureen Griffin on November 27, 2012 at 1:17am

Thank you Lynda. It helps to hear from my long distance friends. It's still hard times for us all and hugs are nice.

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Comment by Maureen Griffin on November 26, 2012 at 4:41am

Nice to hear from you Lisa and thank you for your warm support. Great sadness needs much time and effort to come through but we are doing what we can.

Comment by Lisa Phillips on November 23, 2012 at 5:31am

Awww, Maureen my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your grandmother. <3 My prayers and thoughts are with you. <3

Comment by Maureen Griffin on November 21, 2012 at 9:49pm

Thank you Maria for your kind and encouraging words. I know you are always there somewhere.

I hope this season is bringing lots of positive changes for you, even small ones. We are all in this together, pas vrai?

Comment by Maria on November 21, 2012 at 5:49pm

I'm really sorry to hear that you lost your Grandma Maureen. Yet, you manage to turn your grief into an inspirational blog for people going through loss in their life. As always you're shining bright! Lots of love to you and your family.

Comment by Maureen Griffin on November 21, 2012 at 4:33pm

Thank you Mae and Bette for your support and kindness. Erna was my two daughters' Grandma and my MIL. She lived in her house in our front garden for twenty years so my girls really feel that they have  lost a parent and my hubby and I have lost our mum, friend and helper. Our family is forever changed and we need to find a new way to be here. Somehow the oak tree is at the heart of this place and will always remind us of her and our time together. We farewelled her from under its outstretched branches. 

Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on November 21, 2012 at 10:07am

With you still Maureen. <3

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