HUG Corner: Thought for the Week

3/4/2019
Location : North Houston

Healing After Loss (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

"Where? Where has it gone, that light, that spark, that loved that looked into mine? What has it to do with that cold clay? It's here, here, here in my heart. She's in me, around me. Nothing in that clay."

-Anzia Yezierska

The change is astonishing when breath and life depart and the body is left. We look at it - loved, revered - but it is only a shell now. The processes that sustained it have stopped. The blood lies still. The chest does not rise and fall.

But where has the person gone? Interpretations differ according to belief and experience. But surely one of the ways a person lives on is in those of us who gather to mourn the passing and to celebrate the life. It's not simply that we will remember loved ones; they live on through things they taught us and in the way they affected our lives.

So that in the weeks, months, and years that lie ahead, we may find qualities and actions in our lives which surprise us until we smile and think, "I wonder. Yes, maybe that's a part of __________ living in me."

I will welcome and care for the ways in which my loved one continues to live on in me.

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