As Told By Over Soil – Griefcase

Thank you to Over Soil for submitting this post about their experiences with grief! This is the very first post for our new segment: As Told By You. Please feel free to comment and contribute what grief means to you. If you’d like to submit your own post, get in touch! Make sure you head on over to Over Soil’s blog page to read more of their posts! 

Katie and Evee x

Before we meet Grief, it’s as if we’re walking with the happiest skip.  We seem to babble our jolly way along a beautiful path, surrounded by sweet smelling spring flowers.  As if in the summer sunshine we take for granted the butterflies and to hear the skylark.  For now we do not know Grief personally, we only catch glimpses of Grief walking along a tree shadowed, parallel path slightly lower than where we walk and with other individuals who’s expressions scare us.  They sometimes startle us as they shout things like “NO! NO! NO!” at Grief and make loud sob whispers of “please, why?” as Grief seems to patiently listen and replies privately to each traveller.  We certainly do not wish to intrude!  It all seems so dark in there and somewhere we seriously do not wish ourselves to go.  The sunshine seems to fade a little, our path starts to become covered in pretty autumn leaves and our tracks get covered.  Suddenly we slip, landing heavily and painfully upon Grief’s path!  In sheer panic we react in ways we never knew was within us.  Knowingly, Grief says in a quiet loving voice things like “Beloved we will take our time for a while and walk together, the cool shade of the trees will help with the heat of the pain”.   Still we plead with Grief for our original happy footprints and try to look back for them, but Grief reminds us that this path is to be walked in a forward direction.  Grief does not wish us to slip on the ice and snow of sadness, but tread carefully in our own way.  Walking patiently with us Grief talks us through the mucky thawing.  We think to slip away forward to the past, but the truth is that although they might never seem the same, the flowers will bloom for the new spring in time and seasons are worth the wait.

16 thoughts on “As Told By Over Soil – Griefcase

  1. dfolstad58 – I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
    dfolstad58 says:

    Thank you to the hosts for sharing this post. The writer used a wonderful image of Grief as someone often nearby and even parallel. Grief also seems to care for the person it walks with, and helps them not to fall and to move forward from the shadows and back into the light. I felt I could relate to this with respect to my mom’s loss and I dread the day I must walk with grief again but it also gives me hope that grief will deal tenderly with my family when I pass and help them pass from the ice and dark back into the light and green gardens.

    1. We are so glad you like this post and can draw similarities to your own experiences with grief. That is exactly why we have introduced this page, so others can share and give a different perspective. Please feel free to submit anything if you feel inspired 🙂

  2. cheryloreglia – California – Living in the Gap is a lifestyle blog which appears randomly as I corral the time to write and reflect on the mundane. I do have a life outside of my head and it squeezes between me and my keyboard like a frightened child. What can you do? On the surface my life is common, I'm married with children, a high school teacher who lives for weekends at the lake, but just below the surface is a unique voice, one that I hope will resonate with you. Living in the Gap, customized, over the hill, gritty, complicated life. Wouldn't have it any other way. Join me. Contact me at cheryloreglia@aol.com
    cheryloreglia says:

    Such a poignant piece, beautifully written, I’ve walked with her, and know the path well, C

  3. This is a beautiful picture of grief and inspirational…spring does bloom again no matter how dark the grief becomes.

  4. For me grief is a another chance to be myself in different circumstances. It gives me a chance to reread my past and to learn from it. It some like careness me. I literally had goosebumps by reading ur POST. It’s like , yeah everyone goes from this u r not exception. Loved it

  5. For me grief is the part where you learn to be bold and strong enough to face yourself, to face the world and most importantly to face the reality ….LOVED YOUR BLOG

    1. Thanks for contributing, we’ love to post your comment for our next As Told By You post, if you don’t mind? We want people to know that their contributions don’t have to be extensive, just a sentence will do! 🙂

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