Recently, I attended the funeral of a 22 year old girl. Her mom and I are friends. As I watch her grieve her daughter, I find myself wondering how she gets out of bed each morning, and keeps going? At the same time, I wonder when she'll be "back to normal?"
The world around her functions pretty much the same. Friends, work buddies, and even close family members expect her to bounce back to her former self...any day now. I suspect nothing could be further from the truth, but it's a nice thought to think about.
Death is so uncomfortable, especially around the holidays when everyone is giving gifts and filled with joy. It just doesn't fit my scenic Norman Rockwell picture.
Recently, I met an artist that designed a necklace, specifically for those who are grieving. It's called the mourning drop. Her dream is to have the mourning drop recognized by all, similar to the peace sign or the fish symbol. So for example, if you passed by someone in the grocery store, and noticed they were wearing a mourning drop necklace, you would know they are grieving, and show them some extra grace. Perhaps let them go ahead of you in line, or offer them a smile.
I love this concept! Don't we all need a little grace, but especially those who are hurting? Something to think about this holiday season as you are shopping for gifts, and baking cookies. Have some ideas on offering dignity to those who mourn? I'd love to hear your comments or stories...