Love locks— #griefheart number 257

For several years now, love locks have been considered one of Cologne’s most charming traditions. As proof of their love, couples fix padlocks to the railings on the Hohenzollern Bridge; to ensure everlasting love, they then throw the key into the Rhein river below.

The padlocks collectively weigh over 2 tons. And if you think this picture is a lot, you should see the other side. There is no room at all on the other side of the bridge.

We were in Cologne (known as Köln to the locals and to me) on a Rhein River Cruise and I had to go up and see these locks. For obvious reasons. It’s about love and commitment. Not death. But the fact that these are on a bridge and they represent hearts and love, I couldn’t resist making it part of the #griefheart project. I was rushing back to the ship when I took this photo so no time to make a padlock for Charles. So I “borrowed” the one above for this project.

I do so miss my boy this week. How he loved new adventures. When on deck I couldn’t help but think of his curly hair blowing in the wind like it used to at the beach. Such a beautiful head of curly hair he had. I miss those curls. I miss his heart.

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Love Locks in Cologne (Köln)

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

See all #griefhearts so far on pinterest or on this blog by #griefheart category.

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Author: Anne Moss Rogers

I am the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am President of Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health as well as a writer and public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. I was a marketing professional for years prior to losing my son and co-owned a digital marketing firm.

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