Grief and Healing

Over on Dharma Mirror, Trang Tran writes about the grief surrounding the passing of the family dog Tony.

Paradoxically, his death brought to life the impermanence of our existence and how the greatest and truest love that you could ever give to anybody is in their darkest moment—the moment when they need you the most. Whether it’s your children, parents, or even a dog that you love and cherish with all your heart, you carry that love and compassion with you into your next life.

It’s a touching and topical post for me. When I was younger I remember being told of how we are all just shadows briefly passing over the earth. In that short time, it’s really up to us whether we decide it to be filled with love and happiness, or with anxiety and frustration. It’s why we should never miss the opportunity to share our metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha.

One comment

  1. bethpatterson says:

    Beautiful! As a psychotherapist and grief counselor, as well as a Buddhist practitioner, I contemplate impermanence daily. Deeply experiencing our own personal grief opens us to the suffering of all. Grief fully experienced can be truly transforming and an opportunity for growth.

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