Let’s extend an invitation to both grief and gratitude – that they may gather around the same table.
Let’s seat them across from each other so they can look one another in the eye, each examining the other closely.
Let’s show them how much they have in common, after all they are each the result of deep love.
Let’s encourage them to put their differences aside and have a meaningful conversation.
Let’s point out their good qualities, for they each have unique gifts.
Let’s help them understand that they are both necessary to this tangled life.
Let’s teach them that neither is better than the other.
Let’s accept them each as they are – whether they show us their tears, laughter, sorrow or joy.
Let’s welcome them both, for they each belong at the table.