This comes from Heron Dance today.
SHE HAD FOUR children in five years. The most significant thing that happened to her life, she told us, was losing one of those children to cancer when he was five years old. “I don’t talk about this very easily,” she said, looking down and speaking very quietly, “but it was pivotal for me. It changed my life—jelled it in a profound way. I have an image that comes to mind about that time. It’s of a white fire roaring through my life and burning out what was superficial, frivolous or unimportant and leaving a core of … I don’t think there’s any other word for it than love. A core of love. It’s hard to convey what that means.”
Sandra Mardigian, as quoted in The Cultural Creatives by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.