When loss hits, we feel vulnerable. This is natural and common, but uncomfortable. Life feels shaky, even scary now.
Having lost 4 family members in just over 3 years, my world was turned upside down. I felt an ache in my heart and in my arms. I knew they were still in my heart but I needed something I could physically hold or actually see to comfort me. Although nothing brought them back or took away the pain, having some tangible reminders of them eased the pain.
AT THE KITCHEN TABLE
Mom sat across the table
From me, and altho I had my head down
I knew from sideways glance that hers
We hadn't even buried Dad yet
He'd died just yesterday
My breakfast fixed for the two of us, inadequate
Barely touched, just sorta pushed around
The plate for the food wasn't just
Hey You, it’s me in Heaven
And I’m here to say Hello
I didn’t get to say goodbye
Before I had to go
I want to let you know that...
I am here, just at your side
Just look to your left shoulder
This will cannot be fixed. Those around us, however, will try. Most are well-intentioned, perhaps, but that doesn't make their words helpful.