Some believe that God is Love. Love is God. That beyond the thin veil of the physical world lies a world of endless Love, eternal Peace and Divine Light. I am one of those people. I am not preaching, I am just sharing my belief. I often say to my hospice patients and families that Life is the hard part, beautiful, bittersweet and messy. Life is what breaks our hearts and opens our souls to grow and in doing so we are able to contain more Love. More God. It is a challenging business, having these physical bodies. They are demanding and often damaged -but offer us insight into Love that we cannot have on the other side of God’s creation. The gift of the physical world has such an allure that we crave to come here, to become more, to rejoice in our pain and suffering because it will bring us closer to Love and God. Sometimes this is so hard to imagine, so hard to accept. And I will be the first to admit it. Yesterday I drove past a former patients’ mother. I pulled to side of the road, and she did too. We embraced for the first time since her 44-year-old son died, her husband just three weeks before. While I cared for her son, he became my boy too, her sadness mine, such a hard goodbye. He now lives in my heart too. Words were difficult to find as we embraced, but she said, “We love you.” And that is what it is about, finding Love in all the good and all the bad and all the moments in between. Love.