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Grieving

I need to talk about my

A poem so true to my heart that if I had the eloquence to write as the author does I would feel truly gifted:

I need to talk about my loss. 
I may often need to tell you what happened-
or to ask you why it happened.
Each time I discuss my loss, I am helping myself
face the reality of the death of my loved one. 

I need to know that you care about me. 
I need to feel your touch, our hugs.
I need you just to be with me. 
(And I need to be with you.)
I need to know you believe in me and in my 
ability to get through my grief in my own way.
(And in my own time.)

Please don’t judge me now-
or think I’m behaving strangely.
Remember i’m grieving.
I may even be in shock.
I may feel afraid. I may feel deep rage. 
I may even feel guilty. But above all, I hurt. 
I’m experienceing a pain unlike any i’ve ever felt before. 

Don’t worry if you think i’m getting better
and then suddenly seem to slip backward.
Grief makes me behave this way at times. 
And please don’t tell me you “know how I feel,”
or that it’s time for me to get on with my life.
(I am probably already saying this to myself.)
What I need now is time to grieve and recover. 

Most of all, thank you for being my friend. 
Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for caring.
Thank you for helping, for understanding.
Thank you for praying for me. 
And remember, in the days or years ahead,
after your loss- when you need me
as I have needed you- I will understand.
And then I will come and be with you. 

~Barbara Hills LesStrang

 

Taken from The Afterloss Credo

From the Book Afterloss by Barbara Hills LesStrang

 

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In The Blink of an Eye

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A fellow Drewid Shares His Ministry !

As a second year seminary student at the Drew Theological School, I am learning more and more each day about God, God’s love for us and for the world as well as God’s mercy and grace. My hope to continue to grow into the love that Christ offers and to share it with others in …

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Day 12, Vision

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Love

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Wonder Day Six

As I thought about the word WONDER the title of a song kept running through my head. I hope you enjoy I wonder as I wander out under the sky How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die For poor on’ry people like you and like I; I wonder as I wander out under …

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One Rope

This story comes to us courtesy of Insook Do who is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, serving in the Upper New York Annual Conference in the Albany District. Insook, for many years was an incredible Hospice Chaplin bringing joy to a place where little joy is found. Insook is now teaching and preaching …

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Waiting

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The Prayer of Examen

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus, was a very practical man when it came to prayer. He recommended to his brothers a daily method of examining their lives so that they might better serve the Lord. St. Ignatius taught that the key to a healthy spirituality was twofold: Find God in …

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