Remember when you were a kid and you made an ugly face and someone told you that you better watch out because your face could get stuck that way?
I recently came across the following description of grief in my journal: Grief is like the heat it takes to soften metal. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it will re-shape you. I think you have to want for it to re-shape you into something positive and valuable; otherwise it will only leave you hardened, stuck in a shape you will have to live with.
The writing I did after my brothers, Jim and Dan, died 5 years ago became the book The Jim and Dan Stories. Writing it was a form of active grieving and an attempt to shape something constructive out of loss.
Considering that Jim and Dan both worked in metal shops, I think my description is particularly fitting.
Dan would have been 55 today.
~ Orignially posted on Loose Leaf Notes on October 7, 2006.