NOTE: In this week’s blog, Hospice of Michigan President and CEO Dottie Deremo discusses grieving, and coping with loss during the holidays.
At a recent Journey Through Grief session, a gentleman told the story of his wife’s death to lung cancer. He talked about the pain he felt as his wife continued to decline. He talked about his wife being his “soul companion” and the loneliness experienced since her death.
He then spoke about finding a “silver lining” in all this loss and pain. He talked about becoming “closer” to his sister since his wife’s death. He reports that his sister calls him every morning to “check in and let me know that she cares about me and this is my silver lining.”
Other attendees of this Journey Through Grief session pondered the thought of the possibility of a silver lining that they could identify since their loss. Several struggled identifying a silver lining in the chaos of their loss.
I do believe that death does take away but it also gives back a silver lining. This silver lining is unique for everyone and it may not be visible at first but with time it shines awareness, enters our hearts and brings peace to our lives.
Grief Support Services Manager
Hospice of Michigan