Today, my heart resides with the families of those whose loved ones were robbed from them in Orlando on Sunday. How can such an act happen? I have no idea. I don’t think my mind could go to a place where killing people in a crowded nightclub - a nightclub that I frequented - would ever be an option. This is not a post about the Islamic extremists, nor is it about gun control or hate crimes. This post is about how we can face our grief together. In the first place, we could start with recognizing that people are grieving. This should not be such a tricky thing since we are all made of the same stuff even with our differences. I wonder if we think that we are alike because we might feel more secure thinking that our particular group of humans is better than any other group of humans. In the face of such horror, we might be tempted to point fingers instead of reaching out in love to those in pain. This terrible act has angered so many of us. Remember to reach out a hand to those who might be suffering instead of only raging at the madness of this man’s action. We might struggle at times to recognize ourselves in the other, but in doing so we will come to a greater understanding and perhaps we can begin to heal. Take the time to recognize that while we are all going through a kind of grief, that others might be experiencing grief on a deeper level. Recognize grief for what it is. Don’t shy away from it. We have to move through this. May we move through this with understanding and love.