We are so thankful for the photos we have, AND hearts that are packed-full of precious memories. The photo evidence reminds us that Jordan & Evan lived abundant lives. So many of us were touched by their presence, their love and laughter in our lives. After losing a loved one, those snapshots are SO treasured! Interestingly, I had not given much contemplation to the fact that each of us will have “final pictures” of those we love. It is sobering and undeniable.
DO YOU HAVE A “LAST PICTURE” IN YOUR MIND?
Do you have a “last perfect picture” in your mind, before the news of loss came to you?
...a snapshot before a terminal diagnosis.
...a family photo taken long before a painful divorce.
...a picture of a fabulous career before downsizing cuts.
...a grad portrait of your child before a drug-overdose or suicide.
These are very real losses, and the journey through them is fraught with bumps and unexpected detours. Most of the time, you are only seeing about 3 feet ahead on the path. I am learning that the loss of loved ones – especially children – is going to be a lifelong journey.
My brain and heart have a full-time job examining:
That is the journey, my friend. Perhaps you too are on that journey. You are in good company.
I am weary with my groaning:
All night I make my bed swim;
I drench my couch with my tears.