What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us. Helen Keller
Loss of a loved one is always difficult. It’s the price we pay for having a great love. However, we can be joyful again as we learn to accommodate to life after loss.
C.S. Lewis in A Grief Observed likened accepting your life after loss to a man learning to walk after a leg has been amputated. Lewis writes, “The amputee may get along quite well, may even become facile and agile on crutches or on a carefully designed artificial limb. But the amputee must accommodate to permanent loss. He or she will never walk as before; repair does not mean a return to the way things were.”
Our life will never be as it was before our loss but knowing that those we love are always a part of us, we can be joyful again.
Affirmation: I can be joyful again after loss.
Coaching questions: How are you different after loss? In what ways have you accommodated to your loss? What will help you be joyful again?
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Mershon – this piece is beautifully written and certainly spoke to me. Thank you so much!!!
I’m so glad it was meaningful to you, Pat. The CS Lewis quote is also in my book (which is still in progress).