Tag Archives: grief

How to be unhappy

Years ago I heard a quote that has always stuck with me: “Americans are the only people on earth stupid enough to believe we should be happy all the time.”

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“I have a totally random question,” said the young man. “I grew up in this house. And I’m wondering if I could come in and see inside?”

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To speak, or to be silent?

I know a young couple who recently lost a child through a miscarriage. It was very sad, even heartbreaking. And yet, I didn’t write a note, or make a call, or stop by their home. I felt awkward and I was silent.

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Acknowledging Grief

Because our culture denies grief — and because it denies the things which precipitate grief, most especially death — there is something profoundly freeing about escaping the denial, at least for an hour or two.

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