We are in the longest, shortest month. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day, a day that many of us remember from our childhoods: paper doilies, hand-cut hearts, chocolates. This day is dedicated to love in all forms: friendship, romantic, the love of parent and child.
Love has many seasons...if you are currently in the process of losing your loved one slowly, or if you are grieving their absence, the idea of a day dedicated to love might feel out of place. What do we do with all that love when it has no place to go?
We can express our love through remembrance. This draws loved ones close, even when it feels like they are drifting further and further away. As time goes on, memory becomes an increasingly powerful way to connect.
The Presbyterian Minister Frederick Buechner wrote,
“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.”
Even in seasons of loss, the simple act of remembering your loved one can remind you that you are not alone. All that love lives on in you, endlessly.
Grief Support (offered via Zoom)
To Love is to Remember
February 21, 7 – 8 p.m. CT.
We’ll discuss practices and places that help us to honor and remember our loved ones.
Mind, Body, Spirit Grief Support
Wednesdays in April, 12 – 1 p.m. (April 3,10, 17, 24)
We’ll explore the impacts of grief on the mind, body and spirit, as well as what you can do to help ease the process.
If you are interested in joining a group, contact Optage Hospice by email or call 651-746-8200,
Optage is the home and community services division of Presbyterian Homes & Services.