It’s gonna hurt because it matters.

Last night at Grief Club (the monthly drop-in on Zoom hosted by Hospice PEI), this quote from John Green was read at the end:

Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to say, or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.

I’ve never been one for weighty aphorisms, especially those from 43 year old YA authors (who aren’t named Dave), but this one held some weight for me.

I’m a little in awe of how much I get out of Grief Club: having a place to go every month where it’s not weird to talk about the dead we loved is such a privilege.