Grief can creep up on you when you least expect it. A sound, a smell, a piece of music or a half-familiar face can bring a wave of sadness on a sunny day.
The death of the Queen, and the bereavement that many of us are experiencing, has brought out a range of profound emotions in the UK and around the world.
I found singing ‘God save the King’ for the first time to be deeply moving, so much more than I had expected. I was acknowledging, in music and song, that the Queen had really left us.
People attending cathedrals and other places of worship are signing books of condolences, leaving messages showing their love and respect for a woman who was part of their lives for so many years.
Many of us are feeling a deep loss, but also gratitude for all that the Queen was. Giving thanks for her life of service, her ability to connect with a wide…