I want to thank all of my readers today and invite you to follow a series of posts that begin tomorrow, March 28. The posts will reveal how friends and other kin help us navigate our lives as the incredible burden of grief presses on our hearts. They “stand in the gap” left by the deaths of our parents.
In my first post, I’ll write about Suzi. She came into my life amid one of the worst periods of my life. I had lost my dad and was caring for my mother. Suzi had just lost her mother. Yet in her own grief, she met me in mine.
My second post will focus on my relationship with a best friend, Jennifer. Both of her parents are alive. She hasn’t experienced a lot of death, and yet she has been an integral part of my healing process. We went on an adventure recently. A place only my mother and I used to go. I’ll tell you about it.
The last post in the series will be up before the first week of April concludes. It will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of my last uncle. We hear so little about some types of grief, and this is one of them. Losing our parents’ peers is difficult on a lot of levels, in part because it marks the end of a chapter in our lives. We are becoming the matriarchs and patriarchs.
I hope you’ll join in the conversation and offer your experiences. Comment at the bottom of each post. If something you read resonates with you and might help others, I hope you will share the post via Facebook or Twitter.
Thank you again for reading and following my blog. Please contact me with any comments or suggestions on future posts. Grief wants to isolate, but healing is in community. Thanks for being a part of this community.
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