On Grief: Resources from the Loretto Community Outreach Committee
When we take time to honor our hearts,J. Schneider
may we remember that we have
deep within us all that we need
to deal with what life brings us.
“What gets us past simple coping and survival,
Is the presence of those who care—
a healing community.”
This year has been full of challenges with isolation, fear, and sometimes depression due to the Covid pandemic, the election, the climate crises leading to such events as the fires in Colorado and California, loss of family, friends, coworkers, jobs, and economic and emotional stability.
Our community has always supported each other during difficult times, and the Outreach Committee wanted to acknowledge the grief and loss that so many of us are feeling, by providing some materials for guidance and spiritual support to us all facing these challenging times. We have provided a short list of resources for healing and prayer, knowing that we can always rely on each other for help.
Grief is neither a disorder nor a healing process; it is a sign of health itself, a whole and natural gesture of love. Nor must we see grief as a step towards something better. No matter how much it hurts—and it may be the greatest pain in life—grief can be an end in itself, a pure expression of love.Gerald May