April 20, 2013
Joanne and Family -
I am so sorry to hear this news about Karen. She was a wonderful person and will surely be missed.
When a loss like this hits us,
we have not only the particular loss to mourn
but also the shattered beliefs and assumptions
of what life should be.
We can't grieve the loss if we are in the midst of
"It's not supposed to happen this way" . . .
We intellectually know that bad things happen ~
but to other people, not us,
certainly not in the world we assumed we were living in . . .
Grief is neither an illness nor a pathological condition,
but rather a highly personal and normal response
to life-changing events, a natural process
that can lead to healing and personal growth.
The transition through this difficult time
is the courageous journey.
Now you must try to start a new journey, one that has room for the
realities of the devastation of your loss that came before,
and the discovery of what will now lies ahead.
I am away in Texas and won't be back in time to make the wake.
My Love and Prayers are with all of you.
With Our Love
Cheryl, Charlie and Tanesha
Dickau / Little