Today I was at the launch of Anam Cara Supporting Parents after Bereavement Information pack to assist parents and siblings suffering from the devastation that comes with the loss of a child. When we lost Adam one of the hardest things to cope with was the lack of information and resources and the absence of hope for the future. There was no one we could talk to who could possibly understand what we, as a couple and a family, were going through. No one could tell me I might be able to smile again. No one could tell me that the unbearable pain might subside and be replaced by powerful emotions. No one could tell me that I would be facing the fight of my life, that there was no way around it other than meet it head on. No on could tell me that it might be possible to have a meaningful life again. No on could tell me anything. Thanks to www.AnamCara.ie there is now support and information available to address those questions and fears. In a series of booklets written by bereaved parents for bereaved parents the information pack is filled with wisdom, experiences and hope and can help someone you know through the maze of grief and shine a light on the future in the knowledge that you are not alone, that there is hope, that you will smile again and the pain becomes bearable. Grief, like a hurricane is powerful, terrifying destructive and relentless and leaves you in the wake of it's destruction. Afterwards comes the stillness, that eerie silence accompanied by shock and realisation of what has happened. It is then that you notice the sky is blue and the heat of the sun kisses your face and then, without even knowing what you are doing or for what reason, you unconsciously pick up a useless, hopeless piece of splintered wood out of and enormous a pile of rubble, and you begin...
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