C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
In the nearly five years that have passed since then, grief has been a landmine-filled field that I know I have to cross at some point, yet I keep pacing at the edge, scared of what I will detonate when I walk across. I think about it every day, some days more than others. Some days, I feel capable of moving forward, and some days Christopher’s death seems so fresh and raw that I just ask God to let me keep my mind quiet little longer.
I’ve been researching grief books lately, specifically ones for “survivors of suicide.” I haven’t quite gotten as far as putting anything in my Amazon shopping cart and clicking “submit.” I’m afraid of what the books will say, and what they will stir up in me. I’m afraid to let God into that part of me.
I’ve always admired people who go through a traumatic life event with grace, dignity, and unwavering faith, with the ability to selflessly support others who find themselves in the same place later in life. I feel like I’m still a touchy, awkward mess about it when the topic of how many siblings I have comes up. I’m praying for the ability to continue the work of grieving for my brother, and for God to use something so awful for good in someone else’s life. I want to reach a place where I feel like I’m grieving in a constructive way, not just a way that allows me to function on a daily basis for the rest of my life.