When we hear the word ‘grief’ we automatically shift to the negatives – hurt, loss, fear, remorse, hopelessness. Many of us don’t consider the nourishing qualities of grief. The chance to think about where we are in our lives and where we want to be before we die. Recognition of the preciousness of life. The fact that we can decide to carry our loved one with us, making our actions their actions, doing something beautiful in spite of and actually because of something tragic because without this loved one dying we wouldn’t have decided to do something beautiful. We all walk the long road and none of us can stay, but we do stay alive in the hearts and minds of the people we leave behind. When Eddie Vedder says there’s no need to say goodbye what we hope he means is that the person we have lost will stay by our sides and manifest in our thoughts, words, and actions.
Eddie Vedder And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ‘Long Road’ and The Nourishing Qualities of Grief