Good morning everyone!
How are you all doing and how has your week gone?
This week for me has been a sad and poignant one, of endings and letting go of close friends (including our vicar and family) who have moved onto pastures new after 21 years, as well as other friends and colleagues who have moved due to the closure of a much-loved specialist hospital that has closed its doors after nearly 300 years serving the local community that I've been closely associated with. Tears have flowed and reassurances that we will stay in touch doesn't lessen the pain of endings. Some folks can move on quicker than others. But I believe at times like these it's like experiencing a sense of grief and bereavement which mirrors the death of loved ones. Everyone deals with it in their own way, but for a time it's like someone said to me, 'I've buried my head in the sand and didn't want to accept that it was happening'. It takes time to process our feelings at times like these, and there's no time frame to complete that process. It's like being in a sense of limbo as we adjust to a new norm. But endings bring new beginnings and hope for the future even though we may not know what that future may look like yet, it is the circle of life (as The Lion King movie puts it)!
So if you have been facing an ending in your life and trying to come to terms with a new norm, a new beginning, know that you are not alone, and we are here for you, listening and ready to come alongside you to support and encourage you. Be gentle with yourselves in the weeks ahead.
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand."
MAS Nurse and Moderator