Saturday, April 13, 2013
Grief and Loss
This picture is of Tupou and Sione with our customary ta'ovala around his waist. He was her pride and joy. The apple of her eye. Just a day ago I saw on Facebook that she was preparing for Sione's wedding. I was surprised so I inquired to make sure he's getting married. Just a few years back he accompanied my daughter Sisilia when she sings for my oldest son's wedding. My son's name is Sione too but I call him by his middle name Leveni.
Sione is an affluent piano player. Started at a very young age with the best teacher money can buy. He played at church functions, educational functions and everyone was impressed by his ability to play the piano. He also was a member of a Polynesian dance group. He was as talented as he was good looking.
Death comes to us all of course. But "when" death comes, is the big question. I grieve with my friend Tupou. She may not know it, but she's not grieving alone this day. So many of us loved Sione and the cold sorrow of his death chills us all. We all experience deep sorrow and sadness when we loose loved ones. We mourn together with everyone that has ever experience such loss.
"My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament. Are merely shadows to the unseen grief. That swells with silence in the tortured soul." Shakespeare