Of course I was sad that he was no longer in my life, but I had a strong sense of his presence and knew that his being was still around somewhere even though we would never again see the person he was in this lifetime.
I knew that, through the way our family, friends and I had loved and cared for him, with dignity for the man he was and respect for his continuing journey, we had enabled him to move on gracefully towards whatever awaited him on ‘the other side’.
The response from friends was amazing. He was clearly loved by everyone he met. His children and grandchildren were devastated when he died, but instead of mourning, they decided to celebrate his life. They collated a video containing photographs of the happy times they all had as a family and posted that on Social Media as a way of announcing the news of his death.
That inspired many others to recall their memories so that, instead of offering the family condolences, they celebrated with them.
There is no need to be ‘heartbroken’. Our hearts can remain full of the love we all shared, and our thoughts can focus on the memories of good times.
Yes it is important to grieve, to allow the feelings of sadness to come up so we can let them go, but death can also be a celebration of a life well lived and now complete.
Carmel R., Australia
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