I think about loss from time to time, as you probably know if you’re a regular reader over here. I’ve discussed recovery from loss of a baby and other people’s reactions. But, we don’t only struggle or grieve over the loss of a person – whether they were fully-formed or not. Sometimes loss is part of growing into the person we have become, sometimes it leaves us feeling like something’s fundamentally missing, sometimes we can’t remember what it was like before we lost whatever it was. In this series of posts, I’ve asked some of my favourite blogging colleagues to write about a loss that they’ve experienced and how it affected them. You can find the full list here.
This post is short and simple, inspired by Liz Kershaw on BBC Radio 6 Music discussing Bruce Springsteen’s new album: A Letter to You. I was listening to this show while running not long after I decided to start a series on Lessons in Loss and it really connected with me.
A Letter to You
In October 2020, Bruce Springsteen spoke to NPR amongst others about his latest album and its inspiration in the losses he’s experienced over the years.
I’m not going to repeat or hijack other people’s very professional posts and interviews here.
I wanted to include mention of this album in this series about loss to remind anyone reading that everyone experiences loss, everyone. From you, to me, to the guy sleeping in a doorway, to the yummiest of yummy mummies, to the rich and famous. So if you’re ever struggling with losing anything, no matter what, everyone out there can relate in someway so don’t be afraid to reach out if you need even a tiny bit of support, or even a great big wedge to hold you up for a while.
So instead of writing any more, I’m just going to leave the title track here for you to enjoy.
If you’re struggling with loss, of any sort, reach out and you will find comfort. I’m here and I can listen. Or there are lots of organisations staffed by kind and caring souls if you need them.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)