When One Person Is Five People

Bereavement and greif, how to honor the life of a loved one who has passed. Just before Christmas I received an order for five XIZOZU: Loss of Wife, Loss of Sister, Loss of Daughter, Loss of Mother, Caregiver.

I got teary. Instantly.

It was impossible to miss the far-reaching impact that the passing of this one woman had in her world.

I was glad to create medals that would be reminders of each of those sacred connections and also containers for the love that could no longer be physically expressed. I poured all my comforting energy into each of those medals.

It’s easy to forget how deeply each of us touches so many others on a given day, in a given lifetime. As I packaged the order up for delivery I whispered a promise to myself to be better about valuing each of spaces I occupy in other people’s lives. 

Have you thought about how many roles you fill in your everyday life? The list grows quickly once you start making it. Believe me.

Thanks for reading,

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2 Replies to “When One Person Is Five People”

  1. I was told by the woman who placed this order that the Caregiver pendant was a Christmas gift for their hospice nurse with whom they’d bonded deeply.

    She wanted to express the family’s appreciation for her endless commitment to, and capacity for, providing comfort.

    Such a sweet gesture. More teariness.

  2. As a mental exercise I just listed all of the roles my late sister had : mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, coworker, volunteer. She left a lot of holes. Thanks for this reminder. I’m going to order a medal for my mother in her memory.

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