Sometimes a loss is most keenly felt by the absence of something else.
An empty chair at a table for two, is a symbol and reminder that we’re now on our own.
A bare third finger when a ring has been removed reminds of commitments that are no longer there.
The silence in the room – no more laughter and loud screams – remind us of the family that use to fill this space.
The closet that looks empty and the carpet that is clean both testify to change, and to lives that have moved on.
When those losses hit with force, we’re reminded of good times and are conscious, once again, of the hole they’ve left behind.
If you’re in that place today, then allow yourself to grieve.
There’s no shame in being sad when you’re struggling with loss.
And that wrenching pain you feel – it reminds you that you cared
That you opened up your heart
… And you miss the life you had.