The Courage to Reveal Our Hurts

In her blog today, Elizabeth Macaulay said the following regarding loss and the trust and courage required to speak about that loss:

“It is no small thing, this sharing. When we allow others to hear our hearts and our hurts, we’re gracing them with our trust that they will hear our hearts without taking over, and that they will breathe with us and bear witness to the fierce hurts that mark our souls.”

Revealing the hurts in one’s heart and entrusting a broken heart to others – not knowing for sure how gently it will be handled – is not an easy thing to do. As Ms. Macaulay said regarding supporting those who deeply grieve, “Maybe one of the greatest gifts we can give each other is the midwifing of tears.”

© 2012 Rebecca R. Carney