Grief and Bereavement Support
“In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
In times of grief, the hope of an invincible summer within us can seem like a lost dream from years gone by – a wisp of someone’s naïve imagination. When we are losing or have lost someone for whom we deeply care, we feel as if we are left wondering in what Alan Wolfelt describes as “a wilderness – a vast, mountainous, inhospitable forest.” We often feel confused and disorganized even on our best days – and sometimes in complete despair and emptiness on our worst.
We may not know how we got here, much less how to get out. The traditional word for grief, “be-reaved” actually means “to be torn apart.” And that is exactly how we feel. We feel that a part of our own souls has been “torn apart” from us – and we are left bleeding with emotional wounds from which we sometimes wonder if we will ever fully heal.