Each week at larrypatten.com I write “faithful and foolish” reflections on the encounters between the Holy and human.
I also write weekly thoughts about my hospice experiences at Hospice Matters.
Here's a snippet, a tease, from this week's (March 22, 2018) hospice wonderings about words we don't like to use or say:
DON'T SAY THAT WORD!
In a bereavement workshop I attended several years ago, Dr. Alan Wolfelt explained the distinctions between grief and mourning. Wolfelt’s a renowned expert, the founder of Colorado’s Center for Loss & Life Transition. His understanding likely won’t be found in the dusty dictionary on your bookshelf or online at Wikipedia. And though I could consult my scratchy notes, I’ll share my simplistic recollection of what he said.
Grief is internal. Mourning is external.
How obvious! Doesn’t everyone know that’s the difference between those two experiences? But I’ll confess: if you’d asked me before the workshop, I might’ve muttered, “Grief and mourning mean sorta the same thing.”
When humans experience any loss of significance, emotions roil us . . .
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