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unfolding grief

Unfolding Grief

Grief has no on/off switch to flip

It is a bittersweet tea that must be slowly sipped

It is composed of many ingredients, layered, and piled so high

There are no explanations for it is buried in the soul’s cry

It takes patience, compassion, and an unfolding of memories and pain

At times it will come as a heavy, stinging rain

Other times it will be a mist, that kisses lightly on the skin

As you feel their presence so close once again

So, whether grief has come to you, or someone you love

Know the unfolding takes strength from above

Cry when the tears roll down your cheeks

As emotions are overwhelming in the coming days and weeks

Reach out for a hug from a friend who will care

That person that knows the importance of being near

Scream from a mountaintop when you need to release

Be still and breathe deeply to draw in some peace

Give yourself time; give yourself grace

Include what you need within your sacred space

Allow it to happen; allow it to be

For grief is as deep as the depths of the sea                         

Some days the waves will engulf and knock you to your knees

Other days you will stand and inhale the gentle breeze

Chaplain Kim Crawford Meeks 09.24.15; 02/24/2022                  

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