In celebration of those we miss

I am doing this blog on how we grieve. I just came from a monthly on-line gathering where we do reflected meditations. Today many spoke of missing someone. The month of December is hard for many whether you still grieve over missing loved ones or are doing the best you can by just getting by. The sacredness of the holiday season opens us up to beyond the veil as we slip past the Solstice. From the darkness back to the light.

This post is also in tribute to a couple important people I’ve recently lost. My favorite aunt and an old friend’s son, who succumbed to the same disease that took his father at the same age of 42 and who also left behind two kids. This one happened fast without warnings, just like his dads. My only job is to stay kind and present to whoever needs it. 

  • “In the Lakota tradition, a person who is grieving is considered most waken, most holy.
  • There’s a sense that when someone is struck by the sudden lightning of loss, he or she stands on the threshold of the spirit world. The prayers of those who grieve are considered especially strong, and it is proper to ask them for their help.
  • You might recall what it’s like to be with someone who has grieved deeply. The person has no layer of protection, nothing left to defend. The mystery is looking out through that person’s eyes. For the time being, he or she has accepted the reality of loss and has stopped clinging to the past or grasping at the future. In the groundless openness of sorrow, there is a wholeness of presence and a deep natural wisdom.”


  • The winter Solstice for me is a rebalancing and a time to reflect. It also promotes being of service, helping those in need. This is a healing gift to us and takes the focus off our own sadnesses. In these ways we honor those we miss.
    May the holiday season bring you joy in the memories who hold most dear.
In Celebration of Those We Miss
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