We Don't Die - A Skeptic's Discovery of Life After Death
#1 International Bestsller by Sandra Champlain
The Gift of Grief
What if Grief were a Gift to us? I am not saying that this is true, but if you look to find a gift in the grief you are experiencing, maybe you would be empowered and responsible for SOMETHING as opposed to feeling like a victim and grieving for your entire life. Maybe you find you are open to experience deeper love than before. Maybe you now become stronger and can access an inner source of strength and maturity. I recently heard of a woman who after 42 years of grieving was able to find her gift and become, once again, productive in life!
Examples of finding a gift in grief:
A small group of grieving mothers got together to start MADD, Mother's Against Drunk Driving. Now celebrating their 30th year anniversary, MADD has helped millions and certainly prevented many deaths.
Aurora Winter, author of “From Heartbreak To Happiness" - a diary of healing after her 33-year-old husband died suddenly, leaving her widowed with a 4-year-old son, creates a Grief Coaching Academy for people to learn how to coach others through grief. Grief caused by death, divorce, job loss, etc.
Singers, songwriters, composers and musicians create their music often as an expression of their grief or a tribute to a person who has died. Eric Clapton composed "Tears in Heaven" following his son's accidental death from a fall as a poignant expression of his grief. The song "Fly" sung by Celine Dion described her emotions and feeling surrounding the death of her niece, Karine, who died from Cystic Fibrosis. Paul McCartney wrote "Here Today" in memory of John Lennon following Lennon’s tragic shooting. Elton John wrote "Empty Garden" following Lennon’s death, and rewrote "Candle in the Wind" to remember Princess Diana after her death.
Margaret Edson's recent Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Wit,” chronicling one woman's final days as she comes to terms with her end-stage ovarian cancer, uses the theater to deal with issues of loss in dying.
What will be the gift you receive from grief? When we embrace how short life is, it is possible to take actions in the directions of your dreams. The body produces energy during grief, you might as well use it:
Go on the vacation you've longed to go on
Start writing or playing music or creating that piece of art to express yourself
Start that new business or take a class you've been meaning to take
If you are single, start dating again! You know you can handle pain so be courageous and go after some love!
Please write to me and let me know some of the gifts that you may be speculating can come from grief.