THE DEATH OF SOMEONE WE LOVE


The death of someone we love is always shattering.  To love is to carry another within oneself, to keep a special place in one’s heart for him or her.  This spiritual space is nourished by a physical presence; death, then, tears out a part of our own heart.  Those who deny the suffering of death have never truly loved; they live in a spiritual illusion.  To celebrate death, then, is not to deny this laceration and the grief it involves, it is to give space to live it, to speak about it, and even to sing of it.  It is to give mutual support, looking the reality in the face and placing all in the Heart of God in deep trust.  (Jean Vanier, MAN AND WOMAN HE MADE THEM)

Reference:  THE ETERNAL VISION-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SPIRITUAL QUOTATIONS compiled by William Sykes 2003

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