I've experienced such a "light bulb moment!"
In response to a question I posed to a friend (from the Anchored by Hope online Bible study I joined last fall) regarding what to do about grief-strained relationships, she related to me a situation of her own lost friendship. Her friend had been by her side, very literally, through the loss of her daughter. Because of that, so much of her daughter was tied into that friendship. Consequently, when the friendship ended, she felt that she had lost a piece of her daughter's memory.
For the last couple of months, I've been thinking (and re-thinking) about the hurt I experienced when I felt that two of my closest friends had forgotten my awful week of anniversaries in August. My feelings about the situation have run the gamut, from sorrow to anger and just about everything in between. I won't go into further detail about the situation, but suffice it to say that one side of it has gotten increasingly more complicated.
I've wondered if I was being unreasonable in feeling hurt that these individuals did nothing to acknowledge that week in August. Anything would have been gratefully accepted...something as simple as a short e-mail, a text message, a facebook comment. But there was only silence, a silence that spoke volumes to me.
I've bounced back and forth from thinking that I must be a complete heel for having such expectations to feeling very justified in my disappointment. I've been mad...at others and at myself. I've held my tongue when I really wanted to lash out. I've had stomach aches over the repercussions of it all, lost sleep and shed tears of frustration. It was only after my Bible study friend put words to the anguish in my heart that I realized WHY this whole situation was so deeply troubling.
In different ways, both of these friends were very much tied to Kristen...through my pregnancy, Kristen's birth, her surgery, her death and the aftermath I faced as my world seemed to crumble around me. These people are a part of her story, and their silence felt like part of that story had been ripped away. As I was remembering the loss of my daughter, I seemed to be losing (two different) parts of my connection to her.
I fully believe God brought these friends into my life years ago. Is He now guiding the paths that once moved in tandem to places that are no longer meant to be together? Or is He simply using the situation as it's come to be to show me what I need to work on in my own life? I honestly don't have an answer right now. But I'm still listening, still seeking.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.