Rend Your Hearts
From the Office of Readings: A Commentary on Joel, by St. Jerome Return to me with all your heart and show a spirit of repentance with fasting, weeping and mourning; so that while you fast now, later you may be satisfied, while you weep now, later you may laugh, while you mourn now, you may…
Stupid & Hurtful Things People Say
People say [unkind] things to relieve themselves of feelings of pain, anxiety, and loss, not to offer you any relief. It is, in fact, a denial of your humanity to say those things. Accepting it without response may keep the peace, but it won’t be your peace. — The Dying Time, by Joan Furman &…
What person could possibly handle all this, and such a fragile child, with limited help, and not scream at some point?
Acting Weird is Not a Symptom
I came to hate the hospital. I feared the bureaucracy of the hospital, the faceless paternalism and control of my child and my family; control of the body and, seemingly, the soul. We were trapped in its giant maw.
“That was and still is the great disaster of my life–that lovely, lovely little boy […] There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” (U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the death of his first son at age three).