Are you brave enough to sit with someone who has lost a loved one, and hear them tell you how much they miss their baby or mother or father who has died?
Is your heart open to those with long-lasting grief? Grief that never goes away, though it changes as years and decades go by.
Are you brave enough to mention Colin, Mary Rose or Grace Miriam?
Is your heart open enough to hold grief and joy together with its pulsing beauty?
Will you open your arms and hug the bereaved who feel shunned and unheard this holiday season once again?
Please join me. Sit with them. Look into their eyes. Sit with me. See my tears. The Christmas tree is up, and some of us weep as we hold an ornament with newborn footprints from a brief encounter long ago.
Join me with a cup of tea. Hold the love and grief over the newly departed newborns Brigid and Eva. Please remember their parents and siblings and loved ones. This holiday season, let’s make a big web of comfort to catch people who are feeling lonely and sad. We are in this life together, with all its joy and blessings and losses. Together we can face another year of longing to hold them one more time, as we weave strong communities of light.