during the holidays, it is especially harder than usual to work through the loss of a child, a husband, a wife, a mom, a friend – any loved one. it’s a season of contradictory sensory feelings. your eyes see a beautiful lit tree but your heart hurts. your nose smells cinnamon and sugar breakfast smells and your body feels the welcome chill in the air but your mind remembers being with your loved one during this time.
Faith & Grief Ministries, Inc. was launched in 2008 and it’s near to my heart for two reasons: first, i grieve my dad’s death in 2005 and one of the wonderful women that started the organization married ROF and me: fran shelton. it started by hosting luncheons for those hurting over the loss of a loved one to share and heal together. to date, there are more than 700 individuals have benefited from these events.
this year, the organization wanted to help those in dallas that are grieving. they are placing a tree of remembrance in thanksgiving square in downtown dallas and from december 1st – december 21st you can sign a ribbon with the name of your departed loved one or one in honor of first responders on july 7th and other events close to you.
on december 1st, a multi-faith service of remembrance will be held at thanksgiving square and the Community Tree of Remembrance will be lit. on december 21st, the longest day of the year, another service will be held at 6pm. get more information here.
here is a news story that was recently on FOX NEWS:
if you have lost a loved one, you could benefit from this organization. i spoke at one of their luncheons a long time ago and while it’s a room full of extremely sad and hurting people there was a feeling i couldn’t put my finger on. i felt shared compassion, hope and relief. for all of us to be strangers but share this common journey that many of our other friends don’t understand is oddly comforting. i urge you to check out the resources here.
i can speak with certainty that God is working through my dear friend fran as i’ve never met someone with so much passion to help others grieving. if you’re in dallas, i hope you take advantage of these services and the ribbons honoring your loved one. if you’re not in dallas, i hope you find some comfort in your community during this holiday season or use this non-profit’s resources.