Monday, March 21, 2011

Compassionate Friends

Tonight I attended a support group called Compassionate Friends. It is a national organization that just happens to have a charter here in our town. Compassionate Friends supports families through the loss of a child. Any family member, parents, grandparents, and siblings are welcome to attend these once a month meetings. It is a special time of sharing about the dead child and a safe place to share your feelings.

I was so touch tonight by what was shared. It helped me to realize that first I am not alone in my grief and that the feelings that I have are completely normal, but also that even years from now I am still going to miss Emily. That will never go away and it is okay to continue to miss her.

I was just in awe of these women, the pain some of  them have been through, and they have survived. If they can survive the kind of pain they have endured. I am sure that I can survive my pain. I am not down playing my grief or my pain, but some of these women have endured so much, it was a blessing to me tonight to see them still making it through each day.

On a completely different topic, today I read about a family that is going through a very difficult time. Their 5 year old daughter Lucy has a brain tumor. She was diagnosed less than a month ago. Her mom Kate has a blog that she is now using to keep everyone updated on the progress and treatment of Lucy. This family has an incredible faith that is sustaining them, but they also need a lot of prayer. I feel so burdened to pray for them. Will you please join me in praying for Lucy and her family. You can read about Lucy here.


Caroline said...

Sounds like a great group. I'm praying for Lucy and her family.

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