2 thoughts on “What Comes After Grief?

  1. For some reason, this led me to look again at Emily Dickinson’s poem on this subject, Alice. She covers a lot more of the territory before getting to the release you talk about here–but release there is eventually, as you so rightly say. Here’s the poem:

    After great pain, a formal feeling comes – (372)
    BY EMILY DICKINSON

    After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
    The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
    The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’
    And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?

    The Feet, mechanical, go round –
    A Wooden way
    Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
    Regardless grown,
    A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

    This is the Hour of Lead –
    Remembered, if outlived,
    As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –
    First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

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