A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, it’s been over a year since my fi­ancé passed away, and my life is in ru­ins: I still cry ev­ery day, and other than work and shop­ping for ne­ces­si­ties, I rarely leave my house to go any­where. I’ve heard a thou­sand times by now that he’s in a bet­ter place, and I be­lieve that. The prob­lem is that with­out him, the place I’m in is wretched and empty. Though peo­ple try to be help­ful by in­ces­santly en­cour­ag­ing me to get out and start a new life, their urg­ings only pitch me deeper into grief. They make it sound as though if I’d pull my­self to­gether, I’d be fine. But it’s not just me that’s fallen apart—it’s my whole world! I just don’t want any part of this world any­more: I want to put in my time and keep to my­self. How am I sup­posed to get on with a life that’s not worth lead­ing?”

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