Please allow us to introduce HOPE the butterfly. She is the symbol of Children's Grief Awareness, which will be recognized on November 16, 2017.
Our request is simple, print out a copy of Hope, write a message.
In memory of…You may be holding on to HOPE in memory of someone you love. Who is that person, and what memories do you want to share about them?
In honor of…You may know a child (or an adult) who is grieving the loss of a loved one. You may be holding on to HOPE in honor of them. Who is that person, and what makes him/her special?
In support of…You may know someone that volunteers or works for The Hope And Healing Place. You might want to hold on to HOPE in support of them. Who is it at HHP, and what do they do to make you proud of their work?
From… Or you (individually or as a particular group) may simply want to hold on to HOPE in support of all grieving children and send out HOPE from yourself, your family or your group. Who are you, and what would you like to say to grieving kids?
Or any other message that you want to share and take a photo of while they "Hold On To HOPE".
Take a photo, share it, and let others know why this cause and our center is important to you!
As always, I am a few days behind on current events. I just can't listen to the steady stream of negativity the media slants. Don't get me wrong,
I know we live in difficult times. But, there has to be some good to report on, right? For myself, these stories are a part of "daily grief". It's something
can navigate with a touch of a button and even more easily with the lack of cable T.V. But I digress.
While scrolling though my FB feed, I saw a video and the click bait title drew me in. As I watched,
I was moved by Gen. John Kelly and his explanation of the difficult duty overseen by those that care for the remains and inform families of the loss of their beloved soldiers life. I was moved because of the strength it must take to day in and day out, deliver the most horrid news anyone is ever going to hear.
I feel it similar to the strength witnessed at The Hope and Healing Place... the courage of families and individuals walk through our doors for the first time. To see determination in our volunteers as they discuss emotional videos of the bereaved during our training. To watch as the relationships of our clients, volunteers and staff build throughout a program session. The way the edges soften and all parties leave a little more comforted and comfortable with this taboo topic. Perhaps that is why I found the Generals words so moving. It's a space not many are comfortable entering.
So, here we are... not to go on and on about ourselves, our products, and our services - but to create space for you. Those who didn't ask to be a part of this unfortunate club. Our goal is to provide you with a weekly blog directly from our hearts to yours. All we ask in return, is that you let us know - are we moving you, are we providing you a space in which your emotions are "normalized", do we instill hope, do you feel connected, are we giving you words to put to your experience and share with others, did you walk away educated and empowered, have we provided you with practical help and support?
I look forward to this journey we're embarking on, and am sure to be awestricken by the strength you all share.
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