What is Grief?

Grief is the response to loving.

If you hadn’t loved so deeply, you would not be grieving so deeply.

Only the person who is incapable of love is entirely free of the possibility of grief.

The agony is great

And yet I will stand it.

Had I not loved so very much,

I would not hurt so much.

But goodness knows I would not want

to diminish that precious love by one fraction.

I will hurt and I will be grateful for it.

For it bears witness to

the depth of our meanings

and for that I will be eternally grateful.

From Scotty, Hospice Chaplain                                                                                                                     Forever Remembered – Source Books