A Grief Observed // C. S. Lewis.


The poetic, provoking, and porous C.S. Lewis unsheathes his greatest grief: the death of beloved wife, affectionately called “H.” Lewis’ insightful summative statement towards the end, “Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process” (59), incapsulates his meandering of loss and grief. His pain, her absence, and God’s love and wisdom are interweaved: her absence is the choice sword of God’s love and wisdom that caused his pain–pain that leads to healing and deepening love. Mind the indefinite article in the title, “A…,” so one would do well to read and soak from Lewis’ grief to taste his foreshadowed joy.


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