“Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.” – Martin Prechtel
How do you allow grief to be felt through yourself? How do you open the conversation around grief in your own body let alone having these conversations within our families?
It is important to have voices who can mentor us in the terrain of the unknown and often unspoken. There are many who have traversed the subterranean self to help give understanding to what we are feeling. We aren’t taught the language of grief, and the importance of expressing such inner landscapes is rarely accepted let alone spoken of in our Western culture.
Today we offer a highly valued voice in working with grief.
Martin Prechtel is a storyteller, author, artist and educator living in northern New Mexico. His stories are precious and life-sustaining and teach us to remember the sacred in the mundane. This is a three part series that is a profound exploration in grief and praise. He offers advice on how to achieve ‘true grief’ and ‘true praise,’ through awareness of beauty and mortality.
Martin Prechtel: Grief and Praise Part 1
Martin Prechtel: Grief and Praise Part 2
Martin Prechtel: Grief and Praise Part 3
Tell us about a time you metabolized grief into a thing of beauty?