“Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an active protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small.”

“There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside of the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that grief is necessary to the vitality of our soul.”

“Contrary to our fears, grief is suffused with life force.  It is riddled with energy, an acknowledgment of the erotic coupling with another soul, whether human, animal, plant or ecosystem. It is not a state of deadness or emotional flatness.”

“Grief is alive, wild, untamed and cannot be domesticated. It resists the demands to remain passive and still. We move in jangled, unsettled and riotous ways when grief takes hold of us. It is truly an emotion that rises from soul.”

~ Francis Weller, “Entering the Healing Ground”

Demeter Mourning for Persephone, 1906, by Evelyn de Morgan.
Demeter Mourning for Persephone, 1906, by Evelyn de Morgan.

Demeter, mourning for her daughter Persephone, offers a story about the power of grief; read more about Demeter and Persephone in the Sophia’s Children archives: A Fresh Look at the Feminine Archetypes.


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Featured Image Credit: Hope in a Prison of Despair, 1887, by Evelyn Pickering de Morgan. PD-US.