Stephen Jenkinson defines the key characteristic of our capacity to grieve as being able to behave as if what is happening is actually happening. And without the capacity to grieve, the skill of it, we dull our capacity for Love and participating fully in life. True well-being knows how to grieve. If only we could learn to trust that.
IMPORTANT NOTE: in this healing verse, the comfort spoken of is not offered as cliche or easy platitude. Honest grief can take years to work its way through our experience and reveals itself with many different faces. This verse is meant to encourage perspective and
the spirit of compassion, it stands as a witness to our pain, both collective and individual, and offers a warm embrace, a soft place to fall, the hope that this too is a part of Love & life.
Well-being embraces suffering,
as a loving parent holds a crying child.
All will find comfort in time.
What is sharp, will soften.
What is empty, will fill.
What is hurt, will heal.
What needs, will be attended to.
What is severed, will be restored.
One thing is certain:
new pain will come.
One thing promises peace:
Well-being knows how to grieve.