We live in culture that allows little room for grief and tears. Funerals are often ‘celebrations of life’, yet we need to mark and lament loss, to name death and to confront it. Death is not ‘nothing at all’, as one popular funeral reading suggests, but a seemingly searing and inexplicable rupture of all that we have known.
In Love, Remember, the poet and priest Malcolm Guite chooses and reflects on forty poems, from Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, that offer something of a map and some notes for travellers across this difficult terrain. From the threshold of death and the shock of loss, to remembering with love and looking forward in hope, this compassionate and wise companion reveals that the journey of grief, for all its twists and turns and setbacks, is also where we may experience sudden moments of grace, unexpected glimpses of hope and intimations of immortality.
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