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GRIEF CONVERSATIONS - RESILIENCE

Updated: Oct 15, 2018



There is a fable about two trees in a field, one being a willow and the other, an oak. The willow often wished it was majestic and strong like the oak. The oak mocked the willow for its forlorn stance and the name it was given - weeping willow. Then one day there was a ferocious storm. The oak fell with an almighty crash, but the willow remained standing. The willow was able to bend as the storm raged, but the sturdy yet stubborn oak couldn’t adapt, and therefore fell. The willow’s roots were much stronger and far reaching than those of the oak. Resilience is about bending, not breaking.


“The oak fought the wind and was broken. The willow bent when it must and survived.” Robert Jordan


Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of adverse conditions. It enables a person to navigate their way through difficult times. It is the art of being flexible even in the midst of profound anguish and extreme heartache. Resilience is the strength that enables us to face our grief, embrace it, and process it. Resilience enables us to absorb sadness and empowers us to discover ways to live with it. Resilience includes accessing resources and encircling ourselves with caring people with whom we can open our hearts with.


This is an excerpt from my book HEALING THE GRIEVING HEART by Del Marie McAlister


Imagine having someone walking beside you every day of the year, sharing nuggets of wisdom, messages of comfort, real life stories, and glimmers of hope. Many people, including myself have traveled a similar journey to yours and we understand what it’s like to grieve deeply. HEALING THE GRIEVING HEART contains snippets of our collective wisdom, and practical ideas that has the potential to become healing balm to your grieving heart. A must-have if you are bereaved.

"I loved the book! I heard your voice throughout and it was such a comfort. Very heart warming  and affirming."

“I can thoroughly recommend this book. It would have to be the most practical book I have read on dealing with the loss of someone you love.”


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