She lost someone very special to her many moons ago, but somehow she felt like she had never recovered from such a devastating blow to her heart. She felt as though a piece of her identity had been taken away to a place no one knows very much about. Her heart aches daily but she tucks that away so deep inside her that few know it is even there.
She continues on day-after-day trying to make it look like everything is okay … but it’s not, she knows that. She knows she has done a good job making it look like everything is right as rain and for that she is very proud.
Then, one day, seemingly out of the blue, she comes upon a horse … that spiritual mystical animal sent here directly from heaven above she believes. She looks deep into his eye and sees a part of herself looking back at her that she has not seen in a very long time. All the tears, the heartache, the longing for her lost love, is acknowledged and released. Suddenly, she makes peace with the hurt and pain she has been living with all these years. She feels the pain begin to lift.
Finally … the ties that have been holding her back are gone, she is free to move forward.
Now she will tell you, Life is about moving forward … keeping your eye on a goal and setting out to achieve it. Learn from the past but don’t let those past tragedies, mistakes or unexpected setbacks keep you from being all that it is you can be.
Horseback riding is all about forward momentum as well.
Every time a rider gets up on a horse, that rider must be focused on the moment - acutely aware of all that is going around them and where they are headed. Personality issues, pre-occupations, conflicts and even grief, needs to be set aside or you simply will not be able to make that horse go forward.
And so it is, we invite any of you who may be suffering from the loss of a special loved-one, be it human, equine, canine, or feline, to join us for one of our Grief Groups run by the doctors of McCaskill Family Services.
No experience necessary. You don’t even have to get up on a horse if that doesn’t sound like something you want to do - but you can have a horse all to yourself for one hour so you can experience what this elusive ‘mystical magic’ has to offer you.
This post is dedicated to all those affiliated with the Palliative Care Program at the University of Michigan Hospital … we have built this Grief Group program with you mind. Hugs.