4 July 2011

Grief and Healing

When death breaks the shared heart, the world bursts into flames.

There seems nowhere to turn.

And all we can do is sit down where we are and let the images and absences burn.

Until our tears extinguish the flames and leave the world smoldering.

When, eventually, the smoke begins to clear, in months or years, a few blades of new grass may be seen emerging from the spent embers.

The broken heart slowly reuniting in a profound appreciation of all that had been.

The shared heart mending into the oneness.

Absolute absence dissolving into ultimate inseparability as the mind of grief sinks into the heart of healing.

Melting into a single-heartedness, the relationship continues, in or out of the body.

Stephen Levine

'Embracing the Beloved'

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