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August 16
22:22 2015

When something you treasured ends. When you lose someone who shaped your life. When your dreams are diverted by unsuspected circumstances. When the expiration of a loved one’s life shakes the very depths of your soul…

Everyone encounters grief; grief takes on many shapes and forms. We grieve for the past or for inspirational people who touched our lives in the sincerest way. Grief does not discriminate and can align itself to the strongest heart or disposition.

Yet grief does not have to wring your heart to the point you are gasping for breath. Its power over you is only temporal and it cannot overcome you. If you grasp the realities of life and are connected to your faith – grief will only be a visitor and will soon leave you.

From the age of consciousness we are made aware that we are mortal and everything around us will never stay the same nor will it live forever. This reality may scare us, but we often live as though we are immune from loss. We are prone to forgetting that our time on this earth is for a specified and unknown period. Sometimes we live as though we are guaranteed a long life and thus when someone whom we cherish passes away – it petrifies and hurts us in the most concentrated and profound way.

Grief takes away the glitter of this world and gives us clarity; our vision is made more vivid. However, while grief serves as a reminder to appreciate our lives and loved ones – it should never make us lose hope. There is no need to trawl through life and live in perpetual fear of losing ourselves or others. What grief emphasises is that only the Creator is Everlasting. Our connection to Him helps us to manoeuvre through life and ensures that we do not let grief or anything ephemeral make an abode in our hearts.

By Mussarrat Shaheen
© 2015

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  1. Habs
    Habs August 20, 14:51


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  2. Humaira
    Humaira August 20, 21:35

    Beautifully written.

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  3. Indie
    Indie August 22, 15:44

    Very poignant.
    Grief is an emotion we have some control over if we come to the realisation that we all shall come to an end. Without perspective it can overwhelm one greatly and sink us into despair.

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  4. Ameera
    Ameera August 26, 11:34

    A very thought provoking article. In all things bad there is some form of purification and cleansing and grief is one of them.

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  5. Saf
    Saf December 05, 20:35

    Wow what a beautifully written article. Very soothing to the heart xxxx

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  6. Momo
    Momo September 22, 10:11

    How lucid

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