Community of Support
We have 2 grandsons attending college out of state and away from family. While visiting with them about the upcoming year and the unique situations, I heard a common statement.
They both said they were going to campus to "build a community of friends". I love that expression because it speaks of hope, commitment, and setting goals. I am confident these 2 young men will surround themselves with a "community of friends" to enrich their lives and education.
Grievers can learn from this approach. At a time when support is so important, it may need to come from a new source. In a way, we enter a new phase of life that is unfamiliar and uncomfortable at times. Many of our friends cannot face the emotions of grief, they are uncomfortable, so they may keep their distance.
Will you consider "building a community" of support? It may come from others who have experienced a similar loss. New friendships may develop as you share your grief journey. Do not be afraid to open up and share your story.
It is important to "build a community" of safe people, positive people, those who encourage and support you during this difficult time. It is not that you are necessary vulnerable, but you are in a new place in the journey of life. This may be time to "build a community" of support.
I believe in you. Please do not hesitate to private message me if you need to discuss this important step.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"