Joy shared is increased; grief shared is lessened.
Mom comes to visit tomorrow. We planned this trip so that she would be away from home on the anniversary of Dad's death. This has been a hard year for her, and I'm glad she's coming - the company will be good for both of us.
Edvard Grieg wrote this piece for the piano, inspired by the tale of the Pied Piper (here paired with some cello music by Ernest Bloch). While my mother is grieving for a lost husband rather than a lost child, the mood seemed to capture the melancholy of the last months.
But I'm looking forward to her visit. I think we've become even closer over the last year, which is a blessing. Sharing that grief has made it easier; hopefully we'll have some joy to share over the next two weeks.