This morning Jennifer if heading over to Amy's parent's house. She is going to be there for Amy and her son as they grieve this loss. I am sure that many tears will be shed and a lot of crying will take place.
In the Jewish tradition there is a rite that takes place called "Sitting Shiva." This takes place when a death has occured and what happens is that people come over to the house of the family that suffered the loss. They sit with the widow/widower during their time of grief. Sitting shiva has no liturgy, there is no specific way to do it, but rather people just come and sit with the one suffering the loss. If the person wants to talk, they talk. If the person wants to do something, they do something. If the person just wants to sit, they sit.
This rite is extremely powerful because it brings the love of God to those who are hurting in a physical way. Having someone around to be a support, to listen, to cry with, is powerful and needed during a time of loss. There is always someone present to be a support as a person goes through this time of grief and sorrow.
Today, I am being called to pray for the compassion givers. For those who sit shiva with others. For those who are the rocks of support when we are in turbulent waters. May we all be that physical presence of grace to those who suffer.