(RNS) — What happens when an accident, old age or illness robs loved ones of their memory, and we forget that they are a child of God?
(RNS) — 'We’re going to take the season of Lent ... and see if we can’t reclaim some of the language for sin,' the Rev. Amy Butler said.
These episodes don’t happen very often anymore, more than a year and a half after losing Mom. But the grief is always there, gently submerged, biding its time.
Sometimes the grief was so intense I literally could not breathe; it felt like something was physically pressing on my chest. Today, on the six-month anniversary of my mother's death, the anguish is slowly, almost imperceptibly, shifting into a lower gear.
"I’ve always liked that phrase 'He was visited by grief,'" says Stephen Colbert. "Grief is its own thing. It’s not like it’s in me and I’m going to deal with it. It’s a thing, and you have to be okay with its presence."