Written in testimony of her grief, in honor of her courage to feel, reflective of her work with her therapist at Branches Counseling, and reprinted with permission:
"My Journey of Grief"
Sitting silent in my own darkness unable to breath, to move;
paralyzed with fear of feeling too much…I sought the help of another.
Beaten but not broken I entered into your world.
Wary of the unknown I wrapped myself in a cloak of protection;
a shield to guard me from pain.
Tentatively and gently your words and kindness broke down my defenses;
the cloak unfolded and I embraced the pain.
Feelings washed over me, through me and with their release a peace was found.
Acceptance was founded and the journey to healing began.
I do not know where my journey will take me; nor do I care.
This road I take gladly; filled with excitement of the possibilities and adventures which lie ahead.
I am renewed and energized willing to face whatever comes my way.
Be it pain or joy I will meet all head on, head up; embracing it all.
Because you see……without pain there cannot be growth and without growth there is no true life!