I'd love to be able to tell you that being a parent is easy and that everything always works out in the end due to all your wonderful wisdom and advice. I'd also like to guarantee that your children will grow up to be stellar members of the community, your grandchildren will be adorable and you will secretly be taking much of the credit because in a roundabout way they did come from you.
But I can't.
When I was in Dublin recently, a friend gave me E2 by Pam Grout to read. That turned out to be a mistake, because I couldn’t put it down and then struggled to give it back! Everything about it resonated with me as it was about faith beyond what I could see or utilise with my 5 senses. Its theme was around trusting the magic and wonder of the Universe in all its magnificence.
Although grief is largely associated with death, it is not only defined by that. It can also be found during the end of a relationship, a serious health issue, losing a job and so on. What these all have in common is a sense of loss. Where there is loss, grief is never far behind.