We can experience grief when we lose a loved one, suffer the loss of a relationship or even of a dream.
“I’m not sure how or when I began my apprenticeship with sorrow. I do know that it was my gateway back into the breathing and animate world. It was through the dark waters of grief that I came to touch my unloved life, by at last unleashing tears I had never shed for the losses in my world. Grief led me back into a world that was vivid and radiant. There is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems bearable and what is most exquisitely alive. Through this, I have come to have a lasting faith in grief.” Francis Weller (2015). The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.