Category Archives: Loss

October 30–Loss: Postlude

I grew up in a church where every Sunday service began with a prelude and ended with a postlude.  No one ever told me what these words meant, but along the way, I surmised that these were musical pieces played … Continue reading

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Loss: The Veil Thinning

It’s the end of October.  Popularly, these last few days are all about Halloween, costumes, candy and jack-o-lanterns.  Pull into traditional Christian churches, and the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls will be observed and celebrated.  These are days … Continue reading

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Loss and Returning to Ourselves

I often turn to poets for insight into my life, our life, the meaning of life.  That’s what they do.  They reach into the heart of being human and begin to write there.  They write inside the human heart. They … Continue reading

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How to Be Present With Those in Loss

During this past month, I have had the privilege of facilitating Religious Exploration sessions with adults and teens at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.  Our topic was “Being Present to Those in Loss.”  I did not go to teach … Continue reading

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Loss: It is Well With My Soul

The first time I heard this song, I was sitting at my grandfather’s funeral.  He had died a long, slow, agonizing death from cancer.  I had grown up next door to him.  I learned to garden from him. My family … Continue reading

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Loss: Loss and Remembrance

“Death isn’t something to be shied away from, Booth. From an anthropological standpoint, the more openly a culture embraces death the less anxiety they associate with it.” (Bones, Season 11, Episode 3) We (my siblings and I) aren’t really sure … Continue reading

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Loss: All is well

Death is that loss that we think of as ultimate.  As I wrote yesterday, the family of Corey Jones is mourning their loss of his life in some as of yet to be explained conflict with a police officer.  Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Loss: A Step Up

It has happened again.  A Black motorist, this time a musician who often played in Florida churches, stranded at 3 AM with car trouble, approached by a police officer.  Dead.  Details of what happened can, so far, only be reported … Continue reading

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Loss: I Know I Can Go On

Though days be dark with storms And burdens weigh my heart Though troubles wait at every turn, I know I can go on. When sorrow heals my soul and burdens make me strong,  Though troubles wait at every turn, I … Continue reading

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Loss: Keeping Your Feet

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”                   … Continue reading

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