Over the course of a lifespan, we will shed many tears. Not all those tears are tears of sadness, some are tears of joy. If we are open to all of the experiences of life, we can learn to negotiate these waves of emotion with the skill and agility of a seasoned kayaker.
Mercifully, if we are willing to go with the flow, the circumstances of life will undoubtedly change. We will pass through this and a variety of other phases of life before we reach the sea.
I've been down this river of tears many times with many people. Allow me to be your Grief River Guide and I'll show you what I've learned. Of course, a river is constantly changing so I can't predict what you will find around the river bend, but I can promise it will be worth the trip.
Share these safety signals with your friends so everyone knows when you need support on this wild river ride.
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River Safety Signals
The ISRD rates rivers on a scale of one to six (six being dangerous to experienced river adventurers). When someone asks, "How are you doing?" Instead of saying "fine," say, "Today is about a six!"
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"My eyes flow with rivers of tears." Lamentations 3:48
Resources for negotiating
the troubled waters of life
"You can't get where you want to go unless you know where you have been."
Use these maps to list all of the losses you have experienced over the course of your lifespan.