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You know that feeling in your belly that stays with you from the moment you wake-up until you go to bed?  It’s the feeling that reminds you that life is tragically short.  It’s the feeling you carry when you lose someone you love.  It’s a knot in the pit of your stomach, and sometimes it twists and turns until you can’t even take a bite of food.  It’s the heavy, knotty feeling of grief.

Grief reminds you that loss and tragedy come quickly.  One moment life is happy, serene and predictable.  The next moment sends you reeling into outer space where you float without gravity, solidity, or security.  Life turns quickly from happy shades of yellow sunshine to bleak and dreary days of gray rain.  Grief steals the color from your life.

Grief, like all other times in your life, must be endured.  You will lose someone or something that leaves a hole in your life, in your mind and in your heart.  You will carry it as a heavy weight until the healing gift of time sweetly and softly helps carry the weight of your burden.  The deeper the love, the deeper your grief will be when it finds you.

Grief will suddenly find you.  It finds us all.  Don’t let this day pass without embracing your loved ones and cherishing them because someday, grief will fill your belly with that all too familiar feeling.

“Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.” 

― Arthur GoldenMemoirs of a Geisha