It’s easy to get swept away by a little sunshine if you live in the Pacific Northwest; it’s so gray and wet much of the time. The sun is an obvious mood lifter under normal circumstances, but I was reminded recently that grief doesn’t care about the weather. The sun doesn’t make the pain go away. The death of a loved one is major, but there are many other kinds of losses that you and the people in your life have to cope with all the time. Sadly, sadness is something that people often keep hidden from their friends and family. They don’t want to burden others or they don’t want anyone to know they can’t handle their own life. Profound sadness can be debilitating, so if you know someone who might be coping with a major loss in their life, consider reaching out just to listen. You don’t have to solve their problem, they just need someone to hear their pain. A little sunshine might not hurt either.
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