Those of us who know grief well, also know that the extent of our grief holds at its core the love that is the ongoing bond between ourselves and our loved ones.

Entering solitude allows us to feel and hear the very heartbeat of God within our own heart, which is the ultimate grief therapy, as that is how we connect and continue the bonds with our lost loved ones.

In suffering, as Catholics we can grieve in community. Sharing our deep aloneness in prayers, creates a bond within the group that makes grief possible.

In grief, we are taken to the place of suffering that we know so well in Jesus. It is the intimate knowledge of the cross for Him that supports us and in grief we learn to bear our own cross with courage and vulnerability.