I’ve experienced deep sorrow this week with the loss of a friend due to a long, painful illness. Through that process I’ve realized what a unique gift sorrow can be in understanding ourselves and our place in the world. I know that my friend would’ve been very open to a discussion about this topic—she had an enormous capacity to explore the psychology of the soul.
definition of sorrow
noun sor·row \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō, ˈsȯr-\
a feeling of sadness or grief caused especially by the loss of someone or something
: a cause of grief or sadness
definition of joy
: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
Sorrow & Joy I believe exist in the same place in our hearts. They just feel a helluva lot different. I feel that both emotions need each other to be fully acknowledged, accepted and better understood. Thank you for this, my friend.
Lisa, the loss of a friend cannot change but the memories and pleasures in knowing that person, will remain for a life-time.
Can I refer you to a post of mine entitled “Addicted to Love”?
Your approach and understanding of the ‘Sorrow and Joy” of loss, shows the soul mastering the complexities of grief.
Thank you for sharing your post. I really appreciated your insight. It all needs to be explored. Grief is certainly complex. Since we live in a culture that overpraises upbeat (even falsely upbeat) we can deny ourselves some of the richness and true beauty of being human—our emotions of grief, loss and sorrow.