A word from Henri Nouwen

Posted on September 27, 2013 by Martenson Family of Funeral Homes

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessnes, that is a friend who cares.”

Grief in itself is a personal journey each of us grieves in our own way, yet each of us longs for that companion on the journey who understands us, listens to what we say without passing judgement. The unique part of all of this is the person has not had to experience a loss themselves they only have to be present when needed the most.

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