Sunshine through Raindrops: Grief and Growth, An Unfinished Reflection
Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD
Sunshine through raindrops
There is always a way.
No one said it would be easy.
Grief work is transformative.
It is not a gentle gift.
It is hard, it is bitter, and it hurts.
It is powerful, cold, and frightening.
It is lonely and outrageous.
It is monster memories untamed, out of control.
It is long and longing, disruptive and disorienting.
It is ceaseless tears, vanished laughter,
Nightmares and daymares
Contending with disbelief;
Stifling the cry: Live - Don't Die;
Illusions that healing is hopeless and hope is dead.
Allow it. Hold tight others who listen and care;
They usher us back from sorrow’s stark forces.
We can rise as the wild river rises in the spring,
Returning to the tender realm of warmer living.
“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” *
From the fury and the storms come release and mending.
Discovering our life's meaning lies along this path.
Death defines life. Accept the invitation to grow.
Don’t stop there; it’s a lifetime affair; courage counts.
It is worth the effort, like sunshine through raindrops,
An unfinished reflection.
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*Henry David Thoreau: "The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World. Every tree sends its fibers forth in search of the Wild. The cities import it at any price. Men plow and sail for it. From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind. . . ." [Emphasis added]
LIST OF ARTICLES POSTED HERE: (to find, click on ALL, above, and scroll down) Listed in order posted. 1. It Can't Happen Here; 2. The Holocaust: Bereavement Takes a Different Course; reaginsberg.weebly.com/weblog/the-holocaust 3. Giving, Gratitude; 4. The Red Horses; 5. BALTIMORE; reaginsberg.weebly.com/weblog/baltimore 6. Snow! 7. The Grief Counselor; 8. New Shoes; 9. New Growth; 10. NHDD; 11. Childhood Bereavement; 12. The Blue Cat reaginsberg.weebly.com/weblog/the-blue-cat 13. Strength & Growth of the Bereaved Caregiver 14. Sunshine through Raindrops 15. Anger and the Bereaved Caregiver 16. I, too, Sing America 17. Time's Up reaginsberg.weebly.com/weblog/times-up 18. Bob Dylan, 10/13/16 19. Goodbye 20. Miriam 21. Morning 22. Compassion & Bereavement 23. The Big Idea 24. Tree 25. Ode to "Original Living" 26. Should Death be Illegal? 27. Anticipatory Grief 28. Alternative Facts 29. Children of War 30. The Self-Seeker in Fall 31. Cat Tales 32. Who are You? 33. Sundown 34. Narcissus
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted, but mostly they're darked. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?” ― Theodor S. Geisel