5 words we believe important and often share on a daily basis include these.
1. SAFE: No one does the hard work of grief, sharing, and healing do so unless each feels SAFE. Our colors, walls, decorations are all selected to promote a sense of SAFETY. We hear that other do experience that sense and how important SAFETY is to addressing their family death.
2. COURAGE: One of the hardest walks is up our sidewalk or making that first call. In addition as a new person begins to share and listen with others there can be a fear of continuing their grief journey, of facing the pain of loss. We understand the COURAGE it takes to go through the pain.....and experience the healing that is possible by doing so.
3. LISTEN: One of the essentials of participating in a support group is LISTENING to and with others. Listening leads us all to compassion, another good word. LISTENING rather than telling can be a new personal next step for many. LISTENING is a primary part of our Volunteer Facilitator training as well.
4. SHOW-UP: If a person is SAFE, exhibits COURAGE this person begins their grief work well. But, there are times when someone stops coming or comes in an "in & out" schedule. So, one of the most important parts of moving to a sense of healing from grief is SHOWING UP, being present.
5. HOPE: To move through all the emotions, going forward/back & sideways in your grief journey, having an alive sense of HOPE is central. HOPE gives us energy, forward leaning, interest in connecting to others and thus to our true selves. At Hope & Healing HOPE images and art work is on many of our walls and art shelves. We are HOPEFUL people at Hope & Healing Place.
These are just 5 of many words at Hope & Healing. A 6th word might be a non-word, QUIET. Our volutneers and staff can set QUIETLY with someone or in a group with non-words....BEING PRESENT.
Talk with us, visit our web site at, volunteer, make a gift.....We do this work of grief together.