Michael Hainey's father died in a mystery when he was 6. Now age 45 Hainey has written a book about his search for answers and meaning about his father's death, 40 yrs later.
His search is similar to so many families and individuals who participate in our grief support groups. How difficult each death is for every parent, every child & teen.
When the death happens with no or limited known information finding meaning in the death and loss is even more difficult.
The death may be an accident, a suicide, or medical sudden death.
Sometimes the family will never know all the information or reasons around the death.. We have had families create wonderful ways for that person's life to have meaning even without knowing all of the information the individual or family wants to know.
Waking up each morning with a hole in the heart of missing that special person carries it's own pain.
That hole in the heart is even more of a fog when all the questions come without answers.
We hug the kids and families close. Over and over again we talk about making this grief journey with friends and support group peers. At each gathering we confirm the message "You are going to be OK."
Every death is unique to that child, teen, parent, and extended family.
Grief is a journey no one has asked for.
Grief is a journey not to be taken alone.
At Hope & Healing Place we face the challenges of loss and missing together, both today and for the tomorrow's to come.
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