Some anonymous source said, if suffering is accepted and lived through, not fought against and refused, then it is completed and becomes transmuted. It is absorbed, and having accomplished its work, it ceases to exist as suffering, and becomes part of our growing selves. If we change the word “suffering” to the word “sorrowing” then we can see it equally applies. If we work through our grief and accept our new reality, living each day with its challenges and opportunities, then it indeed ceases to exist as grief or sorrow, and is absorbed into our new self we are creating.  There are many lessons that may be learned through our sorrow and grief that cannot be learned any other way. Have you ever dealt with and recovered from a difficult loss and/or traumatic event in your life? Have you ever known anyone else who has endured the same or similar? What lessons did they learn and share with others who were just beginning on their journey with grief?  

   Sometimes it seems those who try the hardest have the most troubles in this life which cause us to sorrow. This is difficult for us to understand the lessons to be learned, "So, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all, but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many — all that is about to come is obscure." Ecc 11:8 The writer means that the future is difficult to understand, thus obscure. That does not mean there is none. Why troubles come is not as important as how we respond to them. Laws in nature must be consistent. When we accept them and respond appropriately we will have an easier time in our sorrow and have opportunity to learn along the way. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com

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