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Friday, April 6, 2012
Keith Rhymes with Grief.
Wait one minute, you might be thinking. In yesterday's post you basically promised that G would be for Give-A-Way. You indicated that you would be giving away some state quarters.
That's true, I really did. Then I realized that today (April 7th) is the 3 year anniversary of my brother Keith's death. I just didn't feel like putting my Crazy Uncle Dave hat on over my mourning brother one. So, the quarter give-a-way will be soon. You won't have to wait all the way to Q, I promise.
I have spent better than an hour rehashing Keith stories here and then deleting them. I do that because this post is not really about remembering Keith. I do that often. This post is not really about his life. This post is about the grief I feel from his death.
I thought that it might be good to give a working definition of grief. Since I decided to check in at Show My Face for Six Word Saturday. Here are my 6 words:
Grief - Deep stress caused by bereavement*.
*Bereavement is generally associated with the loss of a loved one by death.
Pushing 50 as I am, I am not a total stranger to death. Most of that death has come as a result of old age. My grandparents all died between the ages of 79 and 97. Keith was 7 months from 39 when he passed away. Sometimes, even now, I can't wrap my head around him being gone.
I do still have deep stress about his passing. This stress is not daily, nor weekly, or even monthly. It will sometimes hit me at random times but generally hits at 3 times during the year: On or near his birthday, the anniversary of his death, and Christmastime. Teaching school, blogging or just about anything becomes difficult to focus on and I become quite a bit more irritable.
A few months after Keith died I won a book from the Library Thing Early Reviewers Program about bereavement. I still haven't read it fully or reviewed it. I guess it's hard for me to imagine reviewing a book for early reviewers 3 years after it came out. The book's title "In the Grip of Bereavement" accurately describes my episodes of grief. I really do feel like grief has a hold on me during these times.
Keith has now been dead longer than he was sick. Our sister who is 3.5 years his junior is now the same age he was when he died. Life has gone on without him. His children were 8 and 5 when he died that means they are 11 and 8 now. In just 2 years his daughter will have lived longer without a father than with one.
My faith in God has been a great sustainer over the past 3 years. Even so, sometimes the grief is so strong it is all I seem to be able to feel. Sometimes I am even frightened that someday I may not grieve at all. These thoughts and feelings are not the entirety of who I am. but like today's post, which is neither well crafted nor polished, they are incredibly real.
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