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Grief Can Be Enormously Fruitful

The deepest truth I have discovered is that if one accepts the loss, if one gives up clinging to what is irretrievably gone, then the nothing which is left is not barren but enormously fruitful. Everything that one has lost comes flooding back again out of the darkness ... one’s relation to it is now -- free and unclinging. But the richness of the nothing contains far more; it is the all-possible, it is the spring of freedom.

— Robert Bellah, Beyond Belief: essays on religion in a post-traditional world (HarperCollins, 1970), xx-xxi.
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