Weekend Wisdom: How Do I Love Thee?

Death came to my family yesterday when my cousin unexpectedly passed away. Yes, he leaves a wife behind.

Shocked and stunned are the 2 best words that describe our family right now.

Most of us have no words, however, I do.

The words I have come from Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Read these words.  Live them out. Hold your spouse a little closer.

Because you really do love a spouse better after death. (more thoughts on this later.)


XLIII. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills managing call center teams, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.