Sunday, May 28, 2006

Memorial Day


One of the things we all dislike about psychology and psychologists is terms like "vulnerable to loss." Who, pray tell me, is not "vulnerable to loss"?

It is devastating to lose someone who made your world a better place. Or something that did, like a career or a special house.

This Memorial Day Weekend, I am saying goodbye to something I treasured. It is time to say goodbye.

The hardest part is to give up hope. To say, "There is nothing more I can do."

THE STRUGGLE. Death is final -- Pluto was the only god to whom there was no altar. There's nothing more you can do. When it's parting on the mortal plane, one is left to try and comprehend the incomprehensible. And then, once you're resigned, you must grieve it. Grieving is hard work, and it takes time.


There's a story behind this beautiful and heart-rending video. The song is Con Te Partiro sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

Henry Maske was retiring as light-heavyweight boxing champion of German, and he was a national hero of rare stature. Not only was he a winner, he was a man of character who had won the hearts of the people.

When he had a match, he always chose a song for his entrance. To most Germans, art and music are a part of the fiber of their lives.

Sarah Brightman was a friend of Maske's and knew of his retirement. One day while dining out, she heard Bocelli's song Con Te Partiro playing on the Muzak and knew it was the song for Maske's Farewell Match. It was time for him to say goodbye.

She recorded it with Bocellli, with the London Symphony Orchestra, it was played at Maske's farewell match, and the rest is history.

For those of you who are curious, Maske lost on points to the US contender.

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