artwork and text by Ari
Learning how to let go of the pain and guilt after my son died took many, many moments of reflection. I was his mom; I should have been able to save him. I should have seen his struggle, and I should have been able to save him. But I didn't know! I was as blindsided as everyone else.
He left ... and left me with a lifetime of pain, guilt, anger, sadness, etc etc. So many feelings! But in order to continue with this life, until I can be with him again, I needed to learn to let go of these feelings. They serve no purpose although they are always present in our beginning.
As time goes by we learn how to let go of the bad feelings and to hold on to the memories and the love. It is how we survive – by letting go.
I know, easier said than done, but we cannot stop trying. We cannot give up. To do so would mean their life was in vain. We must hold on to all the lovely moments we had with them and let go of the rest.
Learn to let go! Wishing you peace for today.
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Links of Value:
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Word of God
"My Story" Big Daddy Weave
"Hope in Front of Me"
The Joy FM
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