Hope this finds you well. Not much of a post today, and more of a mix or mess of ideas. An email from Amazon dropped in my inbox this morning, advertising an offer on CDs. I was intrigued by a title called ‘Mercyland: Hymns for the rest of us’, and listened to a couple of samples, before finding some full tracks on Soundcloud.
My favourite of these was a song by Buddy Miller called ‘I Believe in You’ :
The lyrics speak directly of a very real spiritual struggle, which is another of the little ‘joys’ of this grief journey. Or it has been for me, luckily I’ve begun to find my way back as I’ve written before.
I believe in you
Though it’s hard to see
Any reason why You should believe in me
I believe in You though I’ve blocked the rays
Of the guiding light you sent my way
Miller, B. ‘I Believe In You’ from Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us © Mercyland Records, November 2012
Also, it might just be me, but I think grief might just be becoming less of a taboo in the news. Thanks to Cath Duncan of Remembering for Good I found this article in the online edition of The Guardian, my favourite English newspaper.
Although there’s little practical advice in it, I found the read about other mourning customs very interesting. I’d be interested in seeing the film, too. I think the fact that the media are talking about grief as a subject of academic study could signal the beginning of a wider understanding of unorthodox forms of loss.
Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I know it can’t do any harm in terms of perceptions of grief.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,