Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
GOOD GRIEF, A Note on Grieving
Grieving shifts the spirit into darkness, Pulling it right
and pushing it left,
Turning it upside-down and inside-out,
Twisting it into knots and coiling it tightly with fear Until
it’s difficult to breathe or move.
In the darkness of this shift,
The spirit weeps a river of tears,
The heart shatters into pieces, And the soul screams in
Exposing the rawness and pain of loss.
Time passes as
the spirit undergoes a rending and purification —
A shedding of old ways and old thoughts, A redefining of
priorities and of letting go.
Each layer shed creates new soil for the soul, A soil in
which new seeds are planted in the darkness.
Seeds of possibilities destined to bear fruit,
Germinating in the new fertile soil,
Seeds readied through the struggle and strife,
Overcome by prayer and belief, laying
the soul bare, Opened, aware — waiting in anticipation.
Hope, Gratitude, Compassion, Empathy, Love, and Forgiveness,
Sprout forth into the spirit and grow strong,
Nourishing the soul,
Healing the pain and heartache,
Welcomed with open arms — hesitant yet needy.
Reaching for the light and hope
for a new beginning, As the shift into the light brings transformation.
Moving out of the darkness, turmoil, and strife, The spirit
is reborn, a heart is healed, And a beautiful soul emerges.
Cheryl A. Barrett
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Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD
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