I wanted to feel less.
To not be burdened by emotion,
To not feel sadness,
To not know loss.
I envied the inanimate,
The trees that stand proudly in winter,
Not missing their leaves.
I wanted to be weightless,
To not experience limitation.
I didn’t want time to pass,
The blur of days, months, years.
It moved too quickly,
I wanted to grasp on,
It eluded me,
I wanted to preserve life before you were gone.
I didn’t want to know grief.
But the pain kept me connected.
It meant that I loved you,
It meant that I would always be a little broken,
It meant that our love filled all of the empty spaces.
It meant that you would be with me… forever
~Jacqueline Simon Gunn
“I have lived in the shadow of loss—the kind of loss that can paralyze you forever.
I have grieved like a professional mourner—in every waking moment, draining every ounce of my life force.
I died—without leaving my body.
But I came back, and now it’s your turn.
I have learned to remember my past—without living in it.
I am strong, electric, and alive, because I chose to dance, to laugh, to love, and to
I have learned that you can’t re-create the life you once had—you have to
reinvent a life for yourself.
And that reinvention is a gift, not a curse.
I believe your future self is a work of art and that science can help you create it. If you’re lost . . . if you’re gone . . . if you can barely absorb the words on this
page . . . I want you to hold this truth in your heart: when it’s your time to go, you won’t wish you had spent more time grieving; you’ll wish you had spent more time living.
That’s why I’m here. And why you are, too. Let’s live like our lives depend on it.”
~ Christina Rasmussen
Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel one more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of you.
Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet,
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.
Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.
But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.”
Stephen William Hawking. 1942 – 2018
Cosmologist, space traveler and hero
A man with one of the greatest minds ever, has left this earth, but left behind a Phenomenal Legacy that will live on for many years to come.
Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. Now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include: A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.
In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius University. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. The US space agency tweeted: “Remembering Stephen …. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
It doesn’t matter if you agreed with his theories or disagreed; one thing is for sure. The world have certainly lost a Great man with a Brilliant Mind, but the legacy of Stephen William Hawking will live on for many, many years!
He is not here: he has risen!
Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee. (Luke 24:6)
If you have a family member or a friend, grieving the loss of a loved one, you can be a huge asset in their Grief Journey.
Be a listening ear, a prayer warrior, someone whom they can call on when they just need to pray or when they have an anxiety attack and become fearful of the unknown.
When someone grieving is in need of your assistance, be the best you can be and make sure you are on time to any appointments that you are taking them to, make sure you answer the phone or call them back in a timely manner.
When a person is grieving, the only thing that matters at that particular time, is the person who thought enough of them to listen to them talk, vent, pray, or just sit and laugh about any and/or all of the things they remember about their loved one.
Remember, God is in control of all things and with his love, grace, and mercy all things will be renewed and everyone who believes in him and has accepted his son Jesus Christ as their personal savior, will not perish but will have life eternal.
There are so many people hurting in this world. Let’s be a listening ear and a pillar of support to those in need of talking, praying, crying or just someone to that will listen to them!