Because of my current 'work' as an occasional writer of eulogies, I am in the mood for finding inspiring words suitable for funerals. Today, over lunch time, reading an autobiography ("Public Life, Private Grief" by Mary Delahunty) I was impressed by her comment on the burden of grief.
Mary writes: "The burden of grief is to move the loved one from an absent presence to a sacred place in the memory; from the missing to the remembered."
What a lovely way to express it.
I have greatly enjoyed reading Mary's book and will keep it for a while before taking it to the local book shop - which is what I usually do with books that I have read. I take books there and choose others to take home. It's more of a book exchange, really. The cost is minimal and, if you are like me and read a lot, it is an invaluable source of good reading material. If not for this book shop, my house would be drowning in books!
Talking of houses...no one has made us an offer this week. Will we ever sell?
I choose to comment on social issues and write creatively on a variety of subjects - for a variety of audiences.