I don't know how to respond. Do we ever finish grieving someone we loved deeply? And what is "the process?"
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I don't cry every day - or even most days - anymore. Does this mean I have "completed the grieving process?"
Maybe it's been this question, or maybe it's just time, but Lilly has been EXTRA heavy on my heart and in my mind lately.
For some reason, that brought to my mind some things that the great reformer, Martin Luther, said when his daughter Magdalena died at the age of 13. (All quotes below are from Queen of the Reformation by Charles Ludwig (p. 160).)
When the carpenter was fastening the lid of Magdalena's coffin shut, Luther, through his tears, said, "Hammer away! On Resurrection Day she'll rise again."
Later, Luther addressed Magdalena in her coffin: "You will rise and shine like a star, yea, like the sun. . . . I am happy in the spirit, but the flesh is sorrowful and will not be content; the parting grieves me beyond measure. . . . I have sent a saint to heaven."
"Happy in the spirit, but the flesh is sorrowful." That sums it up perfectly.