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A grief recorded

‘No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.’

Crossing the Culture Angeline Liles
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Sufjan Stevens | photo: CCL2 Wikipedia

With this opening line to A Grief Observed, his journal of grieving over the death of his wife, C.S. Lewis hints at the abyss of bewilderment and panic that comes with loss. One of the few certainties of human life is that we will all at some time, to varying degrees, encounter it. We give the name ‘grief’ to that seemingly insurmountable collection of feelings in an attempt to reclaim control; to provide an explanation for the unwelcome wildness that reigns in body, heart and mind during the early days of bereavement.