In the Light of Suffering

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“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

We all suffer. Each of us carries the weight of our own brokenness. And yet, we live in a culture that would have us believe that there is something wrong anyone who is not “happy” and “successful”, as evidenced by what we have accomplished. Intricately woven into our notion of happiness is the underlying assumption that to be happy we must do all of the right things. In other words, if we are suffering, then we are doing something wrong. The increasing popularity of “how to” articles and books point to our incessant need for improving upon who we are.

No matter how many psycho/spiritual practices we incorporate into our days, while I do not discount their value and importance in…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss, Trauma, Crisis, Death, and Grief Educator - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimer's and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Former Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher
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