Life is full of change.
One of the most challenging changes is when people leave this world.
It does not matter if they are a parent, a child, a brother, sister or friend.
When we feel we have lost someone, it always hurts.
When we can no longer touch them, they are gone to us.
We struggle to find a way to fill that void.
We feel the loss, and it pains us.
As much as we take consolation in others, it is never the same.
For the people left behind there is an emptiness.
No matter how it happens, it doesn't get any easy.
Perhaps there is a better way to consider it?
Maybe we can shift our perspective to take a different view of life and death.
We may not be able to call them, but we can talk to them whenever we wish.
Our relationship with them changes and shifts, but it does not end.
Our hearts are big enough to hold all of the people we love in our lives.
It does not have to be an end.
The relationship can transform as well.
It can grow into something new and different.
Perhaps we can't hold them with arms anymore.
Yet we can still hold them in our hearts.
Love does not know time and space.
And who knows what waits on the other side?
And one thing is for certain.
To be more gentle with the people around us.
And appreciate what and who we have all that much more.
So who have you lost that you still carry in your heart?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant