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Page 4, PGA C.A.N.!                                                   April 2022                                                                                                                                                    April 2022

      Let Me Tell You

      GRIEF:                                            by misguided dictators, thousands fleeing their goliath in   was not supposed to be happening. Desperate people in
             And How We Approach It                     a needless, evil war. Is it true that what does not kill us   freezing weather, little children swaddled in heavy attire
                                                        makes us stronger? It can also make us weaker. Physical
                                                                                                           clinging to a mother’s hand. Even if they survive what
                                                        and emotional health is at risk if we are not careful.  will their futures be like and what will happen to them
      By Marie Pinschmidt                                  I am now 93 years of age. When I take inventory of the   psychologically?
         One would have                                 losses during my lifetime, I am grateful to still be here.      So how do we deal with grief? I can only speak of
      to  be  catatonic  not  to                        My periods of grief began with the loss of my father when   my own experience. Grief is a solitary emotion that we
      react  emotionally  to  the                       I was 10. Except for the most recent, I will not enumerate   must  suffer  individually. The  one  word  that  describes
      happenings  in  today’s                           all of them.                                       my personal journey is  acceptance, and that, too, is
      world. If you are shedding                           The death of my nephew in August hit me with a force   a  voluntary  decision.  Once  we  accept  that  there  is  no
      an  unexpected  tear  these                       like seeing bombs falling on the innocent. It took me back   escape, we can go on with our lives. Our lives will never
      days, you are not alone.                          to other wars when two of my brothers went off to war. I   be the same, but we can be thankful for our memories,
      A  medical  pandemic  and                         had believed that type of carnage had ended in our “more   time together and hope for a better tomorrow. And we
      now  a  military  pandemic                        civilized” world. When the call came about Dean, I felt   will grow stronger. Help us all to accept that which we
      of loss and fear, and no                          bombed out of my complacency, my so-called nice, safe,   cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference.
      experimental  vaccine  to                         worry-free  life. You  may  be  experiencing  the  same  or   So, we smile through our tears until the tears are gone.
      improve our condition.                            similar scenario. How do we bear up under the heartbreak?  With acceptance and hope, we will grow stronger to face
         Grief  is  a  goliath  none  of  us  want  to  encounter.      One recent news clip showed a small child in the arms   the uncertain future.
      Unlike David, we have no slingshot to slay our personal   of his father going off to fight for his country. While tears   In the meantime – love and best wishes.
      goliath – grief. Grief now comes from different directions   streamed down his beautiful face, a child was pounding                            Marie
      and making our goliath grow taller and stronger. The   with his fist on the face, shoulders, and head of the father.                   (561) 624-9003
      loss of a dear longtime friend or loved one is difficult   I felt the same way when Dean died. I wanted to fight back
      enough but combined with constant visuals of innocent   at the unfairness of it all. I felt a similar shock recently
      people  driven  from  their  homes  and  country  is  almost   when I saw the explosions of yet another war. Our anger
      unendurable. Hospitals and orphanages bombed into ashes   and emotions need expression in one way or another. This


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