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Thanks for dropping by; we so appreciate your visit. FYI: our next Goodreads Giveaway (for one of 5 available copies of "Life Came to a Standstill") begins on May 9th/2021, running until May 31st. It's totally free, and we wish you the best of luck! Our Goodreads' profile is available here
How are you coping right now? We sincerely congratulate you for all you manage to do, as hard as it is. Please be gentle with you!
Along with your grief, you have been coping with a world pandemic. Here we are in 2021 and Covid continues to impact us. I don't think that anyone has escaped the distressing affects of this painful time.
Recently some of our communities happily "opened up." Then, before we could celebrate our good fortune, they were mandated to close yet again. As discouraging as this is, please follow the advice of the scientists and stay safe. We can get through this one step at a time . . .
As we encourage hope, grief remains a challenging 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. While restrictions remain in place, we miss out on many of our close physical connections with family and friends. Even when it's complicated to support each other, in the usual ways, we can do this.
Reach outward rather than bottling-up your hard feelings. It helps to share your story with those you trust. You are not alone. 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 members of your circle don't understand the depths of your sorrow, please share how you feel and ask for what you need. Sometimes, we must walk a "similar path" to fully comprehend another'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 search for what sustains and nurtures us, and those we love, one-day-at-a-time.
Individually we navigate our lives, and this pandemic, differently. Some of your neighbours and mine may be struggling financially, or with underlying health issues, or tragically with the loss of loved-one from this terrible virus.
Through it "all" traditional celebratory days, birthdays and anniversaries continue. Happy for "some," these special days can blind-side those who grieve with unpredictable emotions and poignant memories.
When an unexpected roller-coaster-ride of pain seems unstoppable, please ride the wave rather than fleeing emotionally. The darkest of days hold small shimmers of light, if we let the light in. Deep breaths, as you bring your loved-one into your day.
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. Scroll further for 13 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, we wish you hope, health, strength, safety and love.