"We know that our loved one has died. Do we recognize that in that death a part of us has died, too! The part of us that lived in our relationship to that person alive in the world has died. The part of us that lived in expectation of a future on earth together has died. The part of us that enjoyed the commonality of shared memories has died. This is a lot to lose... We have to let go and then in the spaces where those deaths have occurred, new life will spring. Some of the new life may be our new relationship with our lost love." ~Martha Hickman
"At every point in the human journey we find that we have to let go in order to move forward; and letting go means dying a little. In the process we are being created anew, awakened afresh to the source of our being." ~Kathleen Fischer
My journal of grief for my daughter Crystal involves a part of me dying. I have turned to the spirit of her creativity in her art work to help move forward. My new relationship is with her as an artist and her legacy of writing notes and cards for the people she loved. I have continued that legacy with my Card Ministry "Crystal Expressions." I joined multiple groups "Cards of Kindness, Cards for Cool Kids, Small Acts Big Change, Braid Missions, Smiles for Seniors, etc. to share her passion for coloring and designing cards. It gives me comfort sharing her artwork with others.
I have opened my hand and heart to relinquish and to receive.