on grief | a collection of work

Click any of the images below for past reflections on grief and trauma, loss and losing, and the kind of mix of hopelessness and hopefulness that always accompanies both. Here, again, is a favorite quote on grief:

“Real criticism begins in the capacity to grieve because that is the most visceral announcement that things are not right. Only in the empire are we pressed and urged and invited to pretend that things are all right – either in the dean’s office or in our marriage or in the hospital room. And as long as the empire can keep the pretense alive that things are all right, there will be no real grieving and no serious criticism.”

+ Walter Brueggeman, The Prophetic Imagination

Remember Me Commemorative Walk for Homicide-Loss Survivorsa time for everything under the sunheavy boots, i pinched myself, extremely loud and incredibly closejohn chapter 11, lazarus, jesus, mary, marthalazarus, mary, martha, jesus, death, grief, time, too lategrief, losing, loss, death, sudden death, violent deathgrieving in public, grief and the news, sadness, publicity, gossip

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 thoughts on “on grief | a collection of work

  1. Olivia Abernathy says:

    I love your writings, Donald.

    • Most Hopeful says:

      Thanks, Olivia. They help me process what I’m seeing and doing as a social worker who is a Christian…I’m learning big things from my clients and communities––as we always do.

  2. Pam McCoy says:

    Very timely Donald. As I shared with my friend Tresa Hall Whitehead and Rayna Bomar, too many young ones going before their time. It’s not the natural order of life. And thank you so much for your words on grief. Grief is probably the most personal, intimate emotion we experience. To me, it’s as intimate and personal as our personal relationship with Christ. And sudden loss, especially that of a child, has got to be the worst that I can imagine. Time does not heal those wounds. It may get more manageable but the hole left in the heart is never healed this side of Heaven. Prayers continue to go out for those grieving the loss of their child. Remembering the Kirks especially now. But remember all those who have lost their child.

  3. Greg says:

    Don: stunning.

  4. […] For other most hopeful posts on grief, loss, trauma and resilience, CLICK HERE. […]

  5. […] For other most hopeful posts on grief, loss, trauma and resilience, CLICK HERE. […]

  6. […] For other most hopeful posts on grief, loss, trauma and resilience, CLICK HERE. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: