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WordSpa Update (Posted to Facebook on November 09, 2017 at 03:03PM)

Working hard on the book this week. found 2 resources that you may wish to share with friends who are grieving. One is a facebook page called Widow Chick by the author of Confessions of a Mediocre Widow, a book I thought highly of and is full of sorrow and humor in healthy doses. This may appeal especially to youngish mid-life widows who are still raising kids.

The other resource is from a group called Compassionate Friends, primarily a national support group for parents who have lost children of all ages and no matter how long ago. Here is their Credo, recited at gatherings:

The Compassionate Friends Credo

We need not walk alone.
We are The Compassionate Friends.
We reach out to each other with love, with understanding, and with hope.
The children we mourn have died at all ages
and from many different causes, but our love for them unites us.
Your pain becomes my pain, just as your hope becomes my hope.
We come together from all walks of life,
from many different circumstances.
We are a unique family because we represent many
races, creeds, and relationships.
We are young, and we are old.
Some of us are far along in our grief,
but others still feel a grief so fresh and so intensely painful
that they feel helpless and see no hope.
Some of us have found our faith to be a source of strength,
while some of us are struggling to find answers.
Some of us are angry, filled with guilt or in deep depression,
while others radiate an inner peace.
But whatever pain we bring to this gathering of
The Compassionate Friends,
it is pain we will share,
just as we share with each other our love
for the children who have died.
We are all seeking and struggling to build a future for ourselves,
but we are committed to building a future together.
We reach out to each other in love to share the pain as well as the joy, share the anger as well as the peace, share the faith as well as the doubts, and help each other to grieve as well as to grow.
We Need Not Walk Alone.
We Are The Compassionate Friends

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