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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
~ Pablo Neruda 

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“That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.”

~Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

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People always talk about the transformative nature of grief.  Typically I agree, sometimes our sad, challenging, and scary experiences have the capacity to reveal strength and beauty in the most unlikely places. I’ve noticed, though, that the people who talk about the “transformative nature” of tough circumstances are never actually standing in the thick of it.  It’s never the …

“The Sunday after Mom got her diagnosis, this was [the hymn] we sang in church. There’s a line in there about not fearing death. To me it felt so ridiculous. I, for one, was terrified to lose her. So I started to cry, and my voice must have wavered or something because Mom grabbed my hand hard behind the pew. I’d like to say the gesture made it easier, but instead after that we were both crying.”

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