Grief stands waiting was inspired by a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson written during a time of bereavement. The poem is titled “In Memoriam”; it deals with Alfred’s feelings of grief following the death of his friend Arthur Hallam who passed suddenly of a fever at the age of 22. The poem focuses on his thoughts and questions on the meaning of life and the significance of man’s existence.
An excerpt from the poem …
“Let Love clasp Grief lest both be drowned,
Let Darkness keep her raven gloss:
Ah, sweeter to be drunk with loss,
To dance with death, to beat the ground”
The sentiment of the piece is based on a line from the same poem “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all”