Somehow Little League baseball moved to a first job and to all the faces, hallways, budgets, and decisions that now make-up this May 31, Friday morning at 69.
I "see" so many faces this morning.
Mrs. Adams, who in the 3rd grade showed me books, a life-long joy.
Jim Greene, who brought me from grad school to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; Jim believed in me and trusted me even when I knew nothing. The saving grace was I knew I knew nothing.
What followed were opportunities to work gangs, drugs, public housing, domestic violence, sexual assault, medical social work, and now the blessed grief support of The Hope & Healing Place.
I have friends who parents did not live to see their sons or daughters live out their lives.
I have friends who buried sons and daughters at far too young an age, living on with memories.
This morning I am living out the writing of James Lee Burke who wrote in the fiction Creole Belle (p. 528), "We did not change the world, but neither did the world change us."
I am not through!!
There are still windmills out there...causes and mission to fulfill...and the pain, hope, and celebration of life to hug closely. None of us travels this path alone....Welcome to my journey.
For the 10 yrs Hope & Healing has served children and families across the Panhandle we have provided an intake assessment and enrollment into one of our 5 different grief support groups or counseling or trauma debriefings. The intake assessment has been our "front door" to Hope & Healing.
This summer we will begin volunteer led support activities which we believe will be appealing to both new and returning children, families, and individuals. New grief based activities will include scrapebooking, writing your story, sleep & rest, food and nutrition, quilting, and birdhouse painting. All these are new ways of doing "Restoration" from a family or peer death.
Will the "Sidedoor" become our new "Front Door?"
Will new callers begin with writing and then enroll in a spouse loss support group?
Will a teen in our Generations/Family Program continue their grief journey in a writing group?
We believe both support groups and grief activities can and will lead to the healing of a child's heart and to healthy grieving following a death by suicide, accident, or medical cause.
I will let you know more about our "doors" as the summer continues for us all.
Hope & Healing has supported children, teens, and families for 10 yrs. Although each family or peer death is unique, there are also parts of the grief journey shared by all. Here is our Top 5 life lessons we share with others daily:
1. Hope & Healing is a safe place for you to talk about your son/daughter/spouse, or firend. It is so important for you to "Tell Your Story" and thank you for honoring your loved one by doing so today. You can always tell your story at HHP.
2. We understand the pain of now. We also understand how important it is to your grief journey to go through that pain to a sense of healing. Not around it, under it, or over it....through it, with support all the way.
3. You and your family do not travel this path alone. So many children, teens, and families join you on this journey, no one asked for.
4. There is no time limit on grief.
5. You and your family are going to be OK.
The next Top 5 later this week...so, watch for the posting.
Beth brought the gift of giving rocks to the Hope & Healing Place. These small rocks represent the flow and tumble of rocks in life's river. The message is, however nicked and cracked a rock may become, as do each of us, we are still here doing what we need to do and be, with others, as ourselves.
When our child, teen, or parent groups select their rocks from the basket in their support group sometimes there is great care in picking just the right one and others pick the nearest. Sometimes the child or parent take one rock....sometimes 2 or 3.
We have families who built a small alter in their home including a home for their rock/s. Most rocks find their home in pockets and carry bags. Often when we gather or see each other on the street, out come the rocks.....always amazing and wonderful.
So, do you have a rock?????
Where is your rock today????
Come see us....have a brief tour....leave with your own, special rock.
A recently released mental health study showed the increase in adults who end their life by suicide.
The answers are as varied and complex as are individuals and families.
Long term or sudden changes in feelings of self worth, economic stability, or persons entering or leaving the family are many times key to an individuals decision about their life. Long-term depression can weaken resilency to life's daily challenges. One other important pressures are how connected or disconnected someone is to family, work, and those around that person.
Without Hope daily life becomes darker and more limited.
There are answers. There are resources. There is Hope. Family, professionals, and friends can work together to restore hope, absorb the daily ups and down, and support your family, work peer, or friend through these difficult days to a more Hopeful future.
A special way to Remember someone in your family, a friend, or workplace peer is through a Memory Gift to Hope & Healing Place.
Throughout the year we will receive small gifts and larger gifts, all special, In Memory Of ,,,,,,, someone special to the one making the gift. It is not unusual for the donor to request we send notes to other family members which we are always delighted to do so. Each person Remembered through a Memory Gift is special to us at HHP and recognized in our donor recognitions.
We, like the family, always Remember.
It is not unusal to receive a special request involving meeting with the extended family or showing our Memory Garden when a relative is in town who could attend the memorial service. Hope & Healing Place understands the importance of Remembering. as a way of Honoring your family member, friend, or workpalce peer.
Talk with us about how best to honor your family.....We are ready to listen and supprt, and Remember.
Hope & Healing Place began serving children, teens, and families in January 2003.
We have developed our support groups and special events slowly, one at a time.
HHP is in better financial, service excellence, and retaining volutneers than most non-profits of our size and heritage.
How has HHP done so???
Hope & Healing believes in partnership, mission parners, vested volunteers.
A common message at HHP is "no one walks this grief path alone."
In the same way we know how important it is to partner with the Junior League of Amarillo and we are honored to have League members leading our support groups. Families and individuals are referred for grief services from peer counselors, pastors, mental health workers, and past families.....all mission partners with The Hope & Healing Place. We know partnerships is the only true way of fulfilling our Mission to heal the heart of a child.
Come join us...there is always room at Hope & Healing just for you!!!
Hope & Healing has made a decision to take a lead role in teen suicdie eduation and prevention.
Why church leaders and not go direclty to teens at schools or other youth groups???
We cannot be in every school or youth group across the Panhandle.
Youth do gather in local churches.
Pastors and youth leaders touch their lives weekly, if not daily.
So, it made sense to us to train those who can touch teens, and parents, across the Panhandle.
HHP is hosting a 2nd Pastor's training today, May 1.
What to say? What not to say?
Is it better to talk to teens alone or with their parents also?
What to do if a teen talks openly with peers aboiut bullying, stresses that may lead to poor decisions by the teen.
How can the school counselor help? What happens if the teen is admitted to the Pavilion at Northwest Hospital?
Today, we do this work not by social media but by face to face learning....the best way indeed.
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