Inspired by the movie Broken Circle Breakdown I’ve begun to consider that what we are looking for in terms of healing our grief is mending the broken circle. Near the end of the movie the father tells the mother that the circle is broken, their daughter is dead and not coming back. In a performance with their bluegrass band, the father in his pain was reaching out to the mother, his wife. In her grief, the mother continued to reach for the daughter they lost.
This, to me, illustrates the broken circle. If the mother could have found the strength to reach back toward the father, there would have been a chance the circle could have been mended through adjustment. It would never have been the same as before they conceived their daughter but without closing the circle you will forever be broken.
In your experience with grief and loss, what circle was broken? How had it been (or could it have been) mended?