Reader comment on Jennifer Welwood's passage ...

  • link
    On Jul 8, 2014 Mary L wrote:

     When my mother died after a very long illness, at first I felt nothing, only numbness. I returned from the funeral in New England, where the family had gathered like a warm blanket to comfort and to connect at some deep level of awareness. When I went into  church the following Sunday, one of the women said that she knew exactly how I was feeling, as she had lost her mother a year before. She said, "I guarantee that within a year, you will be finished with your grieving." I was annoyed and muttered something about mourning taking its own time. 
    I suppose this woman was, as we often do, struggling for words and coming up short. It's been almost three years and once in a while I run through that old conversation with myself ... what if we had had one more conversation ... could we have redeemed our rocky relationship. At first, I felt anxiety every time this thought came. Now, I embrace that thought ... we don't know .... wishing can't change anything that is no longer possible ... and as it flows through me, like a feathery breeze, I lean into it, and watch it move through and pass along. Everything changes.

Reply To This Reflection:

Search Awakin Readings

Or search by year, author, or category.

Subscribe to Weekly Email

Every week, we send out a digest with a reading and inspiring stories to our global community of 94,205 people. Subscribe below.


Contact Us

If you'd like to suggest a thought or want to drop us a suggestion, drop us a note.