YOUR HOPE AND HEALING PLACE STORIES

STAND UP AND STARE

8/7/2013

By: Douglas Rhodes

I see you death
You are staring at me
I am staring  back
I feel your presence
Can you feel my breath
I see you with that wry grin on your face
Do you see my smile
You know you will win in the end
But look over my shoulder

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I WANT YOU TO GO AWAY

5/16/2013

By: Douglas Rhodes

You will never feel my pain
You want to help but you can’t
I don’t want you to be where I am
You don’t have the breadth of courage
Nor should you have to
Go on with your merry life
I will be the man that you will never understand
And that’s ok
You should never have to experience my pain
I will carry it

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IT IS SUFFOCATING

5/3/2013

By: Douglas Rhodes

You cannot escape IT
Home, work, travel…..IT will always follow you,
drugs, alcohol or sober, IT doesn’t regard the state of mind
IT is always there
And then there is sleep
IT loves you when you sleep
That is when IT becomes earthly
IT can be a rabid dog

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THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

2/4/2013

life of the partyIf the party had not yet begun when Cody arrived, it would be swinging and singing within five minutes of his appearance.  With his easy smile and ability to craft lyric and melody on request, playing the guitar that went everywhere with him, my son Cody was the life of the party.  He lived the proverbial “every day of his life as if it was his last”, towing the rest of us right along in his wake.  But our life of the party departed the party at 1:19 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2008, when he died, one week before he was to be married to the girl he loved, three weeks before his 21st birthday, six months before his son was born, the passenger in a one-vehicle accident.

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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

2/4/2013

blink of an eyeOn December 17, 2010, my life was changed dramatically.  In the blink of an eye, my beautiful 16 year old daughter, Rayna Nicole Guzman, was tragically killed in a car accident on 51st and Coulter the first day of Christmas break.  That day is a day that is forever embedded in my heart, a day that forever changed my family’s life.  Before Hope & Healing, I felt lost, I felt like I was alone.  I isolated myself and I felt like an outcast, because I thought no one had experienced what I had, the loss of a child.  This has been the hardest experience of my life and I truly believe without the help of Hope & Healing I would not be here today.

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