PARTNERS IN HEALING
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Miracles can happen when you least expect it during grief. Miracles in sharing the experience of grief, mourning, releasing and reclaiming who we were before our loss and grief. The weekend retreat called “Grieving In Plain Sight” held August 17-19th 2012 allowed attendees to have a safe place to come and grieve in plain sight with other people who are also walking their own grief journey. According to organizer Sandy Brosam, “you’ve been taught not to express your loss, grieving should be private, and that you’re supposed to “hide your pain” from public view.”
Sandy… Continue reading
Today we honor the 2nd annual International Widows Day. The first International Widows’ Day was observed on 23 June 2011, providing an opportunity to give special recognition to the plight of widows and their children in order to restore their human rights and alleviate poverty through empowerment.
In December 2010, the General Assembly declared 23 June as International Widows’ Day (A/RES/65/189). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2011, to observe International Widows’ Day on 23 June each year, and called upon Member States, the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, within their respective mandates, to give special attention to the situation of widows and their children.
Those of us who are widows understand the plight of being alone, raising children and earning an income to support our families. This is universal to all widows and I want to share how two widowed women in the US gained strength through their own loss to help the widows in Afghanistan. With courage and determination the started Beyond The 11th.
I had the privilege of attending the first National Conference on Widowhood sponsored by the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation.
The objective of the conference was to “celebrate how far we have come, to be inspired to truly live the life we have ahead of us, and to discover ways of honoring the past while rebuilding our future.” as described by Michele Neff Hernandez, Executive Director of Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation.
There were about 200 attendees from 28 states and 6 different countries all sharing this bond of widowhood. This is a bond, a group none of us ever wanted… Continue reading