I received a list of 31 “Trusims About Grief” from another grieving dad and friend I met as part of this grieving dads project. I plan on posting a new one every couple of days so make sure to check back. I met Charlie on my trip to Buffalo where I interviewed him as part of this project. He provides great insight into what he learned on his grief journey. Very good stuff, enjoy.
Heidi was a vibrant, talented, aspiring actress when she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 18. She spent 2 ½ years showing Diane, my wife, our other 3 daughters, and the world that dealing with cancer can be heroic and done with class, grace, dignity and beauty. She died in our arms, at home. During my journey of grief, many of life’s lessons have become quite clear to me. Here are some of them.
- Crying cleanses the soul. No one should ever apologize for or feel uncomfortable about crying. I have told people who apologize for crying in front of me that I am touched and grateful that they have been willing to share their tears. It is comforting to know that others care. I have also learned the power that can come from crying. To assume that tears are a sign of weakness is to miss the truth about life. Laughter and tears are so inextricably linked that it is easy to experience tears from laughter or laughter emerging from a “soul-wrenching cry”.