We are who we are today
and we are where we are today,
because of those whose lives have touched ours and who have let
our lives touch theirs.
God, in the magnificence of things,
does not intend us to be neutral when
we lose those who have loved us.
So, our grief has to be tinged with gratitude for lives which have shaped us, for hands that have held us,
for voices that have inspired us,
for eyes which have beheld us,
for ears that have listened to us.”
– Jane Mellett – Intercom 2014