My grief over watching Peggy disappear is huge but I am also aware that it is made bigger because of unresolved grief from my past.
Grief that I stuffed down and refused to deal with at the time.
Grief that I didn't want to think about, much less go there to sort out.
I think that grief has a way of building up if it is not dealt with at the time it occurs.
If the grief of a life time is still roaming around somewhere inside of us, unresolved, it re-emerges when faced with a present grief.
I am very aware that I am not only watching Peggy disappear but re visiting the grief's of my lifetime.
Unresolved grief is like a tiny snowball that starts rolling down a hill and increasing in size as it rolls.
When the giant snowball of grief from the past meets a stationary time of grieving in the present, it explodes all over the present grief and becomes a part of it.
Then, it is difficult to separate the grief from the past and the grief of today.
It all mixes forming a solid ice ball that will take time to thaw.
The thaw will come to my heart and then my grief will become a flowing river. A river that is always present but never damned up to form a lake that could freeze in winter.
We all experience grief during our lives, if we didn't.... how could we understand what joy is like!!!
I have heard it said that there can never be two mountains without a valley. If there were no valley's...how could we ever climb to the mountain top!
I have had the joy of a sister that I love and the grief of watching her disappear but..........
I am a stronger person because of making this difficult journey through the ice and snow of Alzheimer's disease.
I Love You Today, Peggy!