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It seems as if the whole world has gone dark. You have lost a beloved someone. You cannot see past the pain. I know your grief, I have felt it, for a long time. I have felt it.
But slowly, over time, and with much grief work, the darkness begins to recede. There is a sliver of light that begins to peek through, if only you choose to see it.
Open your heart to the light that is there; don't be afraid to acknowledge that grief does have a softening, a calmness. It does not mean that you leave them behind, never that! It only means that you bring them forward with you as you yourself maneuver the days and months and years without them.
They continue forward in memories, in your smiles, in your love for others and love for yourself. The light is there- begin to embrace it when you are ready.
Don't be afraid – the light shines for them.
Way for Hope
Losing someone you love is difficult, but it can mean a lot to hear from others traveling similar paths.
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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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