by Jan McDaniel
What you do inspires others.
Maybe you don’t feel very inspirational, but when others, including your children, see you getting up each day and dealing/healing, they will follow your light.
Each person affected by a loss has a very personal and unique journey and may need to grieve differently from those who experienced the loss, too. Allowing for these differences and honoring each person’s needs is not always easy, but it does keep additional problems to a minimum.
I wanted to talk after my husband died. I needed to talk. A lot. And I found people who were willing to listen. Family members, my counselor, other survivors. But not everyone handles grief in this way. I had to learn how to respect those differences, something that made my life easier and my relationships closer.
If you face similar issues and varying healing styles, take time to think about what each person around you needs and what you need. Ask, if you’re not sure, and let others know you can support each other while respecting any differences between you.
Leading your family is not the only way to inspire others. You can let friends and coworkers know how they can help. Join with others in your community to support awareness of mental health and other issues. Support organizations that exist to help new survivors.
Most of all, seek out things that inspire you to continue your healing journey.
Make a list of ways you can help/inspire others. What are your strengths?
Way for Hope
My name is Jan McDaniel. I speak grief. I also speak peace and healing. I started A Way for Hope blog and website to house projects I create that might help others who are grieving. The blog has expanded to include guest posts by my dear friends and fellow survivors who wanted to speak hope for others, too.
We understand how difficult losing someone you love is. We know how much it means to hear from others further along on this journey and how it is possible to live a life of happiness and joy even while still remembering and honoring those we love.
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Helping children grieve
Formula for healing
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