I heard this beautiful piece on NPR back on December 19. One of many stories after the Sandy Hook tragedy, it speaks of the loss of a child, and how to be there for the grieving. (It references an interview with Eugene Peterson from December 15 as well.)
The story moved me very much when I heard it while making supper that night, and it’s been sitting in my drafts folder, waiting for me to have something to say about it. I’ve come up with nothing. I guess that’s okay, especially given that one of the main points of both interviews is the eloquence of silence in moments of grief.
Both are worth listening to and heeding, because we will all find ourselves helplessly facing grief, our own or someone else’s. Here is some wisdom to remember. Maybe posting this is a small tribute to the loss these families are still awakening to every day, as the rest of the world seems to move on.