Linda did not have a Hope & Healing Place to attend when she was growing up. She didn’t have caring group leaders to listen to her and help her process her grief. Linda didn’t have a sympathetic peer group to help her talk out, act out, and play out her questions, frustrations, and feelings of guilt. The losses she experienced caused a negative ripple effect in her life that continues to this day.
By contrast, during my decade of work with a grief center similar to Hope & Healing Place, I observed the positive ripple effect in the lives of adolescents and children who experienced the loving support of caring, trained adults. The Kids’ Place, which we began in response to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, offered safe and supportive groups and activities which helped the grievers have someone to confide in – and gave them an understanding peer group which helped normalize their grief experiences. As a result, we saw some of the kids return to the program to serve as group facilitators, helping others benefit from the kind of loving environment which had meant so much to them. Others have become productive leaders in society and strong leaders of their own families. Yes, a center like the Hope & Healing Place creates a positive ripple effect which will benefit generations to come!
By the way, I know the story of Linda first hand. You see, Linda is my adopted sister.