Letter: Compassionate Friends help through sorrows
To the editor:
I’m so glad I found Compassionate Friends. I didn’t feel like going to a grief support group that was experiencing different kinds of loss. Although I have experienced the loss of my mother, father, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and cousins in the past, I was currently experiencing a different kind of loss – that of my son, David, on May 24, 1998. Even though he was an adult, he was still my child. I felt a great deal of understanding when I attended Compassionate Friends, because everyone there had suffered the loss of a child.
I not only appreciate the empathy of these friends – it makes me feel better at those times when I have felt I contributed some insight that might help others in a similar situation.
I especially appreciate the kindness of Karen Jones, our leader. I feel she is really in touch with my feelings and cares a lot. I am so grateful to her for her efforts to help us all. I look forward to attending our sessions (and am disappointed when weather or anything prevents our meeting). I also appreciate the newsletter and being in touch with other’s feelings in that way. I’m also glad I had the opportunity to meet with others in Carson City, as we can learn so much from others, and it gives us more opportunity to share understanding and caring.
Thank you Karen, Melissa, Sue Hrbacek and all of you who come to meetings and events not only to help yourselves, but also to help others. God bless you all.
I hope I can contribute some comfort to others, as it helps me to feel a lot better. I have a saying: “If my pain will; help me understand others, and perhaps help me to relieve some of their pain, then it was not all in vain.”
One thing I like to write on sympathy cards is, “I hope that knowing others care how you feel will bring you comfort, as well as being grateful for the good memories and the time God gave you to enjoy the positive parts of your relationship with those who have gone on before you.” It also gives me comfort to feel that they will be there to welcome me, when it’s my time to go, and that somehow they are trying to communicate love and caring to us, even though we cannot see them. Sometimes I feel I can hear them talking to me and wanting me to have peace and joy – and that they forgive us and want us to forgive them for anything anyone might have done that was hurtful; and that they have achieved more wisdom and peace in their heavenly home.
For more information regarding Compassionate Friends, call (530) 541-0072, Karen Jones, or Sue Hrbacek, at (530) 542-1968. Group meets the second Tuesday of the month.
Arline June Gordon
South Lake Tahoe
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