Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Time to Morn...

“There is a time and a season to everything under heaven… and a time to mourn.”
When anyone faces death, it can create a void in one’s life.  This is especially true if that person was close family, a mentor, or both.  Some people act like not speaking of the sorrow will make it go away.  But in actuality, it makes it worse.  Not being able to share ones memories, ones grief, and the joy in knowing the person is not forgotten, only can make it worse.

Where I live, among the Navajo, traditionally a person’s name is not spoken after their death, but still they are told of in stories.  How sad it is, that in many churches a crossed America people are asked to forget about their loved one soon after their death.  Studies show it can take up to 7 years to grieve the loss of a loved one, and if other deaths occur within that time; the time of mourning is extended sometimes up to 10-15 years, and the sorrow never truly completely leaves until this life passes.

Let those who mourn share their sorrows, hold memorial fund raisers for something the lost loved one took part in, and encourage the ones grieving by sharing your own memories of the lost one… or if you did not know them… then listen to their stories with an open heart.

I know for me, and those I have lost, doing this has aided me greatly....

Thank you!

~ Traveller Gal, out!

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