Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Grief


One of the great truths in this life is that if we know love, we will know loss.

The more we love, the more the loss will hurt. Yet, if we don’t love, what’s the point in being here?

When we can courageously love with all our heart, the reward is that through that love we will know depths in our heart and being otherwise inaccessible. What a gift. Still, things will never be the same.

And who or what we have loved so deeply and lost will continue to be our teacher through our grief as our heart is rearranged yet again. I think that when someone or something we love dies, we who love them are drawn to the other side. In fact, grief is how we straddle for a time between life and death, a time that can't be measured in hours or days, a time in which the deeper truths come in like a wind through the breaks in our heart.

A Question to Walk With: Describe a grief you are experiencing and where it is taking you.

This excerpt is from my book in progress, The Ocean of Being.


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