Saturday, November 18, 2006

Cherish the Living

My heart goes out to my Jewish brother Stephen who'd lost his mom.

Losing a loved one is difficult to deal with, but losing a parent during incarceration triples the pain. That's what thousands of life prisoners have to deal with - the suffering of losing someone they love.

How do people grieve the loss of their parents or children? Somewhere in China, a teacher has asked his grade school students to write down on a piece of paper the names of five people they love the most. Then, he asks them to cross out one name at a time and imagine that the person is no longer in their lives. Almost all of the students feel sad and cry as they cross out the names of their loved ones.

Dying is a natural process that we must learn to embrace. It is how we cherish our loved ones while we are living that's important.

May my brother find the strength to carry on.

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