collection from grieving
When parents suffer the death of their children, it's an extremely heart wrenching experience that lasts a lifetime. Some days are better then others for bereaved parents (a.k.a. Weeping Willows) surviving and missing their precious children with every breathe they take.
I not only state this from knowing families that have suffered such a loss, but I know this from first hand experience.
I will forever grieve for my Son, Charles, and the life that could have been.
A fellow Weeping Willow, Martha, from our online support network, Kota Group, suggested a wonderful book that offers some perspective on grief for those hurting by Doug Manning, "Don't Take My Pain Away." This author has written an array of books about grief. He also writes bimonthly for Bereavement Magazine. It's available online at www.bereavementmag.com.
The following is an excerpt from Manning's classic book suggested above:
"A cut finger
Finally the scab is gone and...
A small scar is left where
Grief is the deepest wound
My friend and fellow Weeping Willow, Kara Jones, describes her grief in this very captivating analogy that rings true for many of us:
When Kara shared these thoughts at Kota Group about missing her son, Dakota, another member kindly offered the following poem that she wrote to express her pain of loss:
The cut on my thumb
Grief effects everyone differently, and we all react to it in our own individual and special ways. Hawk Jones shared his thoughts regarding the loss of his Son, Dakota, as this:
I'd like to encourage bereaved parents to express their views and thoughts on grief by sharing with KotaPress. We are here to support you throughout your grief process. If you have a book that has been particularly helpful to you or has offered insight into your bereavement, please let us know. We would love to know which resources have been of great assistance to your healing process.
I'd like to thank everyone from the Kota Group for allowing me to share their pain and sorrow with those that visit the Loss Journal at KotaPress. The love and support that each of you have given in our safe haven is like a huge bear hug that lovingly surrounds all of us!
[Editor's note: We here at KotaPress would like to thank Katie for co-editing the Loss Journal with Kara!! Her help is more valuable than gold!!]