This week marked the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Much has been written and televised about this moment including how as a nation we grieved. How we grieve and the topic of grief itself is something that no human can ever escape. This week, in Los Angeles, on KLCS-TV our episode features Ron Marasco and his book About Grief.
For those outside of L.A. I will post the entire episode on line next week.
As Ron so eloquently puts it:
There are few absolutes in grief, no secret formulas and not many loopholes.
But the most important thing I took away from our conversation and Ron’s book was this:
Grief teaches you a lot about yourself.
In the case of JFK’s assassination we grieved as a nation and it too taught us a lot about ourselves. These lessons learned and the moments between them Ron calls, “grace notes.”
Finally, we learned how often people can, even in the face of such sadness, be capable of grace notes, those little touches of humanity that remind us what a rare piece of work a human being can be and how good life is.
If anything might have been downplayed, and appropriately so, it is the effect of grief on children. For many of us were just children or not even born when this tragic event occurred, yet for young people grief may carry over in ways still not understood.
I discovered a book that can provide some solace for when a child grieves. It is called Mortimer Loses a Friend and is written by author Diana Deregnier. It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s book and with compassion, humor and wisdom can be of great solace for a young person who experiences such a loss.
There is a great span between joy and grief, but look at those “grace notes” of humanity and remind yourself how good life is.
EPISODE LISTINGS & TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.