Thursday, September 23, 2010


My sister Lauren has a gift for finding quotes.  She came across this one while reading a blog and shared it with me... I love what it says about grief and I hope that it helps me to be more sensitive to people who are going through that process. I want to check out the rest of the book too.

"Grief is not linear. People kept telling me that once this happened or that passed, everything would be better. Some people gave me one year to grieve. They saw grief as a straight line, with a beginning, middle, and end. But it is not linear. It is disjointed. One day you are acting almost like a normal person. You may even manage to take a shower. Your clothes match. You think the autumn leaves look pretty, or enjoy the sound of snow crunching under your feet

"Then a song, a glimpse of something, or maybe even nothing sends you back into the hole of grief. It is not one step forward, two steps back. It is a jumble. It is hours that are all right, and weeks that aren't. Or it is good days and bad days. Or it is the weight of sadness making you look different to others and nothing helps. Not haircuts or manicures or the Atkins diet.

"...Grief doesn't have a plot. It isn't smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end. There is no end."
-Ann Hood (from her book Comfort: A Journey Through Grief)


Kristi said...

What a glimpse into the life of a grieving person. It's so nice that there are people out there eloquent enough put those feelings into words.