Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Together We Thrive?

Why "Together We Thrive?" How about "Together We Mourn?"

What is so wrong with grieving? What is wrong with being angry, searching for meaning? Why do we have to go right to a place of strength, jump to a place of "hope?"

Why do there have to be t-shirts?

I'm not trying to be snide, picky, or mean. Really, I'm not. This just doesn't seem right. Tragedy shouldn't have an upbeat slogan. People who are grieving shouldn't feel compelled to cheer up. The message of hope in the eulogy shouldn't be about how strong WE are, when we've just been shown how truly weak we are.

I don't know...this just seems really...I don't know. The only words that come to mind are askew and incongruent. Hardly words that fit, either.


Elephantschild said...

At my husband's grandpa's funeral, the pastor made a big deal about how this needs to be a happy day! A celebration of LIFE! etc, etc, etc.

All I could think was, "Hey this dear lady lost her husband of SEVENTY years! I think she's entitled to some sorrow!"

A Deacon's Wife said...

Today I heard someone describe the event as something like a pep rally. I'm not sure what it was, but I'm pretty sure it was NOT a memorial service.