I was fortunate enough to be featured on WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed site for a blog entry I wrote a few days ago called Thinking About Grief. The response I’ve received from that has been overwhelming. So many people have commented on that entry, reaching out with their own stories and thoughts about grief. It has been a very moving experience to read through people’s stories, well-wishes, and personal thoughts and experiences with loss and grieving.
To say that I have been and am moved would be an understatement.
I want to say thank you to all the people who viewed the entry, to all the people that referred it to others who might be experiencing something similar, and to all the people who commented with their thoughts and personal stories. There was a lot of bravery there in that comments section, and a lot of people taking a moment to wish the grievers well, and to give them hope.
My grief counselor told me that writing a journal or a blog could be a very therapudic and healing exercise. It took me two years to be brave enough to follow that advice. She was more right than I could have ever guessed.
People are amazing, more than willing to reach out from across the world in order to share a little of the human experience with each other. To show kindness across thousands of miles, through many timezones and beyond many political borders. I have more than seen evidence of that these past few days, and it has brought me a lot of comfort and joy.
So from me, a very heartfelt thank you.
I’ll sign off here with the words of comedian Patton Oswalt after the Boston Marathon bombings, because he says it far better than I could: