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For your interest; "Life Came to a Standstill" offers a Goodreads Book Giveaway running through until January 31st, 2021. The best of luck! We truly appreciate your interest and the positive difference you make to the outreach of our book. Goodreads profile is available here
As disappointing and worrisome as the beginnings of 2021 may feel, please let's not lose sight of our hopes and prayers for a gentler and safer year going forward.
And how are you continuing to cope? At vulnerable times, sadly, there appears to be a harsher spotlight on sadness and grief. Also, with the restrictions for our safety, we miss out on many of our close physical connections with our families and friends. While it may be complicated to support each other in the usual ways; still, we can do this.
And if it seems that some members of your support circle don't fully understand the depth of your sorrow, please ask for what you need. Sometimes we humans must walk a "similar path" to fully comprehend another person's grief. Gently, let's encourage one another with compassion and understanding.
The only measure of control we have is of ourselves, and what we do. With this in mind, let's reach out for what sustains and nurtures us, and those we love, one-day-at-a-time.
Miraculously, a vaccine is slowly being distributed; still, it will be quite some time before it reaches a substantive number of our world's population. While Covid-19 remains an invisible threat, are you as weary of it as so many of us are? Individually we navigate this pandemic differently. Some of your neighbours and mine may be struggling financially, or with underlying health issues, while for those who are bereaved grief continues.
Through it all, the traditional celebratory days (happy as they are for some) can blind-side those who grieve with unpredictable emotions and poignant memories. Please hold tight to hope when an unexpected roller-coaster-ride of grief seems unstoppable. If we stay open, even the darkest days can hold small shimmers of light. Please don't run away emotionally. Deep breaths, as you bring your loved-one right into your day; giving yourself the same kindness you would offer to a dear friend.
Reach outward, rather than bottling-up those hard feelings tight within. It helps to share your story with those you trust. Please be encouraged to reach out by phone, internet, physical-distancing visits, and (perhaps) a closer connection with your small safe circle. Snail-mail too can offer some of the help and support you need.
While our book does not "speak" to the new realities of 2020 or 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 while world events attempt to overshadow your sorrow.
A bereaved mom gives back:
The Story of the Dragonfly (photo upward 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, in Nathan's honour and memory, lovingly crafts these beautiful key chains from parachute silk. She donates the key chains, 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 choose the website pages: "author & contributing writers." To view opinions of others, please open "reviews." Moving through our site, under "more" you will find 2 free support-booklets ready to click and print. Scroll further under "more" for 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). Click here to access their website. Face-to-face support is temporarily suspended, due to Covid-19; however, peer support by phone is available upon request: leave a message at (905) 898-6265.
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During each and every day, we wish you hope, health, strength, safety, and love.