Dove c’è amore, c’è anche dolore. (Where there is love, there is also pain.)

The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment. To ignore this fact, or to pretend that it is not so, is to put on emotional blinkers which leave us unprepared for the losses that will inevitably occur in our own lives and unprepared to help others cope with losses in theirs.

(Dr. Colin Murray Parkes from Shakira Sison’s Newsletter) 

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