Sheltering Thoughts about Loss and Grief
February 25th, 2008
Sharon Gilchrest O\’Neill has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over twenty-five years. In Sheltering Thoughts
O\’Neill offers comfort to those going through the grieving process. Navigating across Grief
\’s terrain can seem lonely and uncertain. ShelteringThoughts
is a warm embrace; hand-holding guidance; a tender voice filled with encouragement. Words of comfort from people like Helen Keller, C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell and Elizabeth Kubler Ross serve as reminders that we are not alone in our grief. When we experience a loss there is the tendency to feel isolated, but “Concealed grief has no remedy,” in the words of A Turkish proverb that encourages us to allow others to share in our feelings of sadness in order that we may grow and heal. The carefully chosen phrases give us permission to find our way through the times of darkness according to what feels right for us, but with the gentle prodding that moves us forward and eventually out into the light.
This compilation is a gesture of support that is both kind and nurturing. Share it with someone as they brave the road of loss and thus provide them with friendship at their fingertips. They need only to page through the many words of solace to find those that speak to their feelings and concerns, and they will find parcels of peace.
NABBW Contributing Author