“I wish I could move beyond it!” wrote my friend in response to my comment that began “How to move beyond the news coming out of the U.S., France and the weather that is causing such devastation?”

My response to her may seem to be simple, perhaps even trite. But my intention in saying “It will come, my friend. It will come” was anything-but, because while hope seems so distant … and at times impossible …  I hold on to a hope that “moving beyond” will happen.

We must not give away any more power.  We must not give away the freedom to believe in democracy … even it feels as if the spirit of democracy is being destroyed.

When people are, or will be, dealing with health crises knowing that medical coverage may stop if the Senate approves the Bill, it is anything-but easy to hold on to a hope that “moving beyond” will happen.

And while the loss of medical coverage hasn’t yet become law for millions of people, the threat of ‘loss’ is real and is causing sleeplessness, anger, fear.

Loss is grief and unresolved grief can lead to dis-ease of the body, mind, spirit.

But acknowledging the loss, understanding that loss brings grief, and learning about grief/loss and what to do to experience healthy grieving can become catalysts for good, for love, for hope, and a bridge to “moving beyond.”

Photo & Text © June Maffin

<photo taken at Stoney Hill Regional Park
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada>