We all know that grief can be a painfully lonely and isolating experience. We also know how hurtful it is to find that those who we so desperately need to support us through our grief cannot be there for us. There are many different reasons why this can happen and I know so many of you can relate to those words so well. You have been there. You have felt the sting of having your grief diminished in some way. You have experienced the feeling of being forgotten by those who you thought would always be there for you.
There are many though who are blessed to have people in their life who want to help so very much a grieving friend or family member. Who go out of their way to try to see things from where you are and get a grasp of what you are going through. Something that many of you may not know is the number of people who send me emails every week. They’ve requested my booklet or email series to try to get an understanding of what you are experiencing. It hurts them so very much to see their loved ones in so much pain and they want to help in any way they can. They are trying so hard to be able to companion you and walk alongside you in your grief.
To those of you who do have these precious people in your life that level of friendship and support is a special and beautiful thing. I feel very privileged to witness that. I know how hard it is to feel grateful for anything in our grief but if you have these people in your life, treasure them and love them for that they are trying to do and who they are trying to be for you.
For those who are reading this and feel even more bereft that you do not have this, my heart goes out to you and I reach out my hand to touch yours. To bless you with compassion and understanding as you walk through your grief. We walk together.
If you are one of those treasured family members or friends who reach out to those whose lives have been shattered and splintered by loss, I recognise and thank you today. Your love will strengthen the bonds between you in immeasurable ways and you are a blessing indeed.
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