THIS GREIVING ANGEL is a poignant memorial commissioned by Jane Stanford that marks the grave of her brother Henry Lathrop. When on campus and have the time, I stop to visit this remarkable expression of love and loss carved in stone.
Accepting change typically promotes grieving -- that's part of a healthy healing process. Each of us may respond to loss differently and it can be difficult, but moving on to find new attachments will eventually occur. Fond memories of what was lost will become the foundation for growth and enrichment of our lives.
I believe the original sculpture can be found in the Protestant cemetery in Rome, created by artist William Story in loving memory of his wife. I hope to find it some day during my travels.