by Lois Etienne on April 25, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Grandmothers,History,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

The smell of freshly cut grass, chlorine from a pool, robins chirping, flowers blooming, the Beach Boys singing…the sights, smells and sounds of summer. It’s always amazing when a song comes on the radio and your brain races back to another time and place when the world was a different place usually it’s associated with a pleasant memory of a time less stressful. But sometimes…

I’m reminded that it’s also the same triggers that can send us right back into a sense of grief that we thought we had conquered already. There are certain songs that immediately remind of us of a lost love, or a certain smell from the kitchen (or a candle, these days) that brings your grandmother into focus. Grief is such a fickle and tricky thing and it takes so long to master. Then just when we thought we had figured out how to not weep every time someone passes through our thoughts, here comes one more thing to throw us back into the gutter of pain.

Eventually, if we keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep on breathing, it does get easier. And hopefully, with enough time, those sights, smells and sounds, instead of tears, will bring a smile to our face as we remember, with joy, what wonder that person brought into our lives.

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