I lost a brother last week – sudden – unexpected.
In honor of his death and life, and for anyone who has lost a loved one, I post a poem I wrote in 2008 when I was working with people going through grief – wounded people.
You may have struggled going through a major loss in your life. Or you may be helping a friend who is grieving. This is for anyone who has been in that position.
Need a hand for support as they learn to walk again
Need friends who will be there
Need to know they can honor their journey
Need to have their feelings and experience validated
Need assistance – not fixing
Need someone who is willing to listen
Need acceptance, grace, understanding, compassion
Do not need pity, trite words, or lectures about the future
Need to know they are okay – when someone who has leg surgery they want to know,
“Will I be able to walk again?”
Wounded people need to know “Will I be able to live again?”
Need to know they are still needed
Need time to recover, sort things through and restructure their life
Need to know they will enjoy life again
Need to know that life is worth living – there is a purpose and meaning
Healing occurs when we allow ourselves to go through the pain,
Are willing to reach out for support when we need it,
To gain the strength and courage to create a new beginning
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