This morning I read a quote to choose joy. The quote added that life isn’t always great but that we can decide to be joyful and have things be okay. While I like this idea very much, I find that lately I have joy and sadness together. That is the norm after grieving the loss of a loved one, at least it is for me.
Being both happy and sad at the same time is confusing, odd, painful, but only too real at this point in my life. I continue to be sad at our loss but also am happy that I have our son to share the journey with. He continues to impress me, motivate me, and makes me laugh. So, he helps to make me joyful.
Some things that make me joyful are a lovely sunrise or sunset, or a laugh with a friend, or a delicious meal, or a chat with my family, or a favorite song, or a great book that I can be lost in. There is a lot of good still in life along with the loss, the pain, and the sorrow. For that I am thankful.
This summer was all about trying to find some joy and I think we succeeded. We had interesting adventures with clients and their children, had some time to play, had time to relax, had time to have fun, and had time to mourn.
As the Bible states, there is a time to every purpose under Heaven. Each thing both good and bad, happy and sad has its place. Just trying to navigate that sometimes is tough and can hurt so very much. Other times, we laugh over favorite memories, a funny story, or a cherished photo.
We continue to have mixed emotions as I am sure everyone does 8 months after the sudden loss of someone who meant so very much. Even it if isn’t sudden, the absence takes a long, long time to accept and get used to. And frankly, I am not there yet.
Instead, we try to have the absence be a part of our life. We talk about Kirk, we laugh about Kirk and his jokes, we celebrate Kirk’s birthday at a restaurant that he would have liked, we look at pictures, and talk about what we think he is doing in Heaven.
We cry, we scream, we grieve, we miss him, and we are thankful for the times that we did have. We are blessed to have known him, blessed to have loved him. I feel so blessed to have been his wife and Ian is blessed to have had him as his father. He was an amazing man, with flaws and so much love.
We also know that he would want us to carry on and continue to live a good life. I do believe that he is with us and watching over us and that is a comfort. Still, I do want to talk with him one last time. I want to tell him I love him and give him a hug.
I took this photo this morning during a walk. It made me joyful. It looked to me like a window into Heaven through the clouds. I looked up and said hi to Kirk. Maybe odd, but it felt like the right thing to do at the time. So, again some joy through my tears.
I read a headline of an article that states that it is helpful for those grieving to talk to the one they lost. I don’t know about anyone else but I do that regularly. I talk with Kirk about something that Ian did, I ask him to forgive me, I tell him I love him, I tell him how missed he is and how loved he still is. I just wish there was an answer back.
For those of us grieving, may we be comforted by our memories, may we know how much love there was between us and the one(s) we lost, and may we know that happiness with sadness is okay and to be expected.
I did want to share that scripture that came to mind. The time for every purpose under Heaven is in Ecclesiates 3: 1-8, which states:
- “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
- ” A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
- ” A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
- “A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
- “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
- “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
May we find our purpose, may we be kind to one another, and may we always, always love.