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.