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Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Please be compassionate to "you." If you manage this, somehow, there will always be compassion remaining to pass on to others.
As we approach July month, how are "you" coping? Traditional celebratory times: Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and anniversaries continue. So far you've managed through several of these landmark days. Very well done! Still, significant anniversaries continue throughout the year. Happy for some, these special days can blind-side those who grieve with such unpredictable emotions.
When an unexpected roller-coaster-ride of pain seems unstoppable, try to ride the wave rather than fleeing emotionally. The darkest days hold small shimmers of light, if we let the light in. Deep breaths, as you bring your loved-one into your day.
Along with your grief, you have been coping with a world pandemic. Here we are in 2021 and Covid continues to impact us. No one has escaped the distressing affects of this painful time. As discouraging as this can be, follow the advice of the scientists and stay safe. Improvements are happening as we speak, and we can get through this one step at a time . . .
As we encourage hope, grief remains a painful journey. When some days feel too sorrowful for you to bear, please hold onto these wise words: "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness. They are the messengers of unspeakable love." Irving Washington
At vulnerable times, there's a harsher spotlight on sadness and grief. Reach outward rather than bottling-up your hard feelings. It helps to share your story with those you trust. Isolation is not comforting for you. Encourage yourself to contact friends and family by phone, text, internet, physical-distancing visits, and closer connections with your safe circle. Snail-mail too can offer some of the help and support you need.
If it feels as if some of your friends and family don't understand the depths of your sorrow, share how you feel and ask for what you need. Often we must walk a "similar path" to fully comprehend another's heartache. Gently, let's encourage one another with compassion and understanding. Give yourself the same kindness you would offer to a special friend.
While our book does not "speak" to the new realities of 2021, we hold out a helping hand for your grief. Life Came to a Standstill is dedicated to every heart impacted by loss. We "get it" that your grief continues to impact you, sometimes to the point of paralysis, while world events attempt to overshadow your sorrow.
A bereaved mom gives back: The Story of the Dragonfly (photo to the left) begins: "Once in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle . . ." Barbara, bereaved mom of Nathan, lovingly crafts these beautiful key chains, from parachute silk, in her son's honour and memory. She donates them including this timeless legend. If you have an interest in Barbara's compassionate work, you may contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Life Came to a Standstill: photos, a piece of the Introduction, and to read the first paragraph of each chapter click on: "author & contributing writers." To view the opinions of others, please open "reviews." Moving through our site, under "more" you'll find 2 free support-booklets ready to print, than scroll further for 14 book tips. Grieving a loved-one is the hardest work.
We'd like to help you . . .
Various communities offer bereavement support. One valuable resource is Bereaved Families of Ontario-York Region (BFOYR). Please click here to access their website. While face-to-face support is temporarily suspended, due to Covid-19, peer support by phone is available upon request: leave a message at (905) 898-6265.
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During each and every day, may you have hope, health, strength, safety and love.