I wish I were just singing a Whitesnake song but that’s not the case…
I’ve decided being the leader of Cornerstone of Hope Grief Counseling Center is in conflict with my passion around suicide awareness advocacy… Specifically LOSS. When I accepted the position of ED at Cornerstone we thought it was clear how I’d support – how I’d lead – both organizations. But questions have been raised.
Better now than 6 months into the role, right? Whatever.
Unfortunately my self-talk platitudes aren’t helpful.
And now I’m reminded all over again that my son is dead. No – I didn’t forget. But something was happening with my grief when I joined Cornerstone. A purpose for the pain? in a visible way? In a worldly way perhaps?
But now I’m back to “just volunteering.” There’s far more to it than that… Anyone who’s talked to me about the LOSS team for more than 1 minute can clearly see my passion. But I guess I just need a day or a week or however long to be sad. Sad that things didn’t play out the way I thought they would. And sad that I’m even in this situation. My son is still dead.
Yesterday – the same day I resigned from Cornerstone – I received a thank you card from a Mom who’s child died by suicide. I was there with another volunteer that day as LOSS team volunteers. Feeling awkward. Answering her questions – the family’s questions. Not sure if our words were helpful. Quietly praying for God’s comfort. And now a thank you card from her that brought me to my knees. The timing of it. A thank you card on the day I resigned. On the day I choose to stick with LOSS. I’m humbled by this precious gift and I am confident that some day I’ll be able to share with this Mom the impact she had on me.
And still through all of it my son is dead. He is still dead. I am sad. I have self doubt. I doubt God. I doubt my ability to discern Gods will for my life. These doubts and feelings seem permanent – but they are not. It’s just for now. One foot in front of the other regardless of my feelings. But still, just damn.
Hi Denise- I just got back from visiting Charlotte in Virginia. I went down to be with her on Maggie’s 21 birthday and to hear an author speak on grief. I would love to get together with you and catch up. So you are still working with the LOSS team but not through Cornerstone? I want to hear more about this. Are you free for lunch next Monday? I can meet you halfway somewhere. Paul and I went to Bexley High School this morning to share Matt’s story at their assembly. It is my alma mater. It went very well but I am glad it is over. Hope to see you soon. I will give you a donation check for 50.00 at that time too. Ellen
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“If you know someone who has lost a child, and you’re afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died — you’re not reminding them. They didn’t forget they died. What you’re reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that is a great gift.”–Elizabeth Edwards
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Yes… Monday would be great. I met with heidi and marci yesterday – were your ears burming? How aboit First Watch on High St – just east of downtown – 12:00?
Always here for you, my friend.