by Jan McDaniel
Sunrise. The beginning of a new day. It comes around regularly to give us light and hope and a place to start again. Waves of grief may come with the morning - or at any time of the day or night - but now we know we can survive those storms. We have before. They may be waves so powerful they threaten to knock us off of our feet, or they may be gentle laps of sorrow and regret around our feet, moments of sadness.
Let them come. Let them wash over you. Let them wring the very depths of your soul. For you are on a journey from the "valley of death" back to life. You are alive. That is reason enough. Thank them for coming because they are a sign of how deep the love between you and someone you lost was and is. Reflect on that love in quiet moments and when you feel you have nothing left to give. It will sustain you.
You can survive. And you can begin again.
Way for Hope
Losing someone you love is difficult, but it can mean a lot to hear from others traveling similar paths.
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
Traumatic loss or preexisting conditions can worsen mental health. Use this info graphic to find help.
"Take Charge of Your Mental Health" - a free download from www.nami.org: