I have written several posts on the Orphan and how this archetypal experience follows and manifests in the aftermath of grief, much of this idea is articulated in the book The Soul in Grief by Robert Romanyshyn which I was reading in the months before my mother’s death.
Today I came across the following quote and it really spoke to my current experience with grief :
the orphan in each of us
carries our shared collective sense
of human sorrow
when the orphan comes
we learn how impossible
it truly is
to live a human life in isolation.