I Will Rise Again
by Douglas Rhodes
To help and to hold
No longer will I judge through my previous eye
Now I see
I am a Better man
And through my grief
I will walk with others
Because they have given me strength
And with their
strength I will celebrate again
I will celebrate life
I will celebrate
the love of all
I will celebrate Jack
Because in his death I am
News reports, phone calls, and social media can bring a family or public death into our lives. How we individually, as a family, or a workplace respond to the death of someone important to us, or important to our children and teens, has much to do with our adjustment to loss and how we each go on with our daily lives.
When there is a family or peer death it is often hard to find the words, to know how to offer encouragement to the family, friend, or workplace. Emotions can over-whelm all of us in the first hours and days. It is at these times so many of us ask questions, search for answers in the midst of sadness. What we do know is our world has forever changed.
The question of “Why” a grief, loss, and trauma center serving the Panhandle is an easy answer. Here is what we know about unaddressed or unresolved grief:
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.
The Boston bombing is so hard to take into our daily lives, what to tell our children, and how to feel safe in an unsafe world.
Running in the Boston Marathon is about joy and personal success, not phsyical and emotional harm.
For each family, each child , and for each city maintaining a sense of HOPE is so important to every heart and every home.
At Hope & Healing we know that maintaining a personal and family belief in HOPE is how we can all best live daily and indeed thrive in our worlds of school, work, worhsip, and recreation. How to maintain or restore HOPE:
* Tell your children what has happened but not more than each can understand at their age
* Limit TV and social media, again not to over-whelm the child or teen with more than can absorbed at any more time
* Talk and listen with each others as a family. Allow children to draw or write out a story to express themselves
today, tomorrow, and the tomorrows to come
* Remember an event or activity that brings joy memory
Even in this difficult time so important to stay close to being a HOPEFUL person and family.
So, share your HOPE with others and help others and family to be HOPEFUL as well.
We at Hope & Healing Place support you in every way. We believe in HOPE too!!
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