Community of Support

Welcome to the Community of Support! This is a place where you can vent your feelings, talk about your experience, or ask questions surrounded by people who understand. If you are suffering a terminal illness or love someone who is, or if you have lost someone you love or trying to help someone who has, you can talk about it here. If you are a hospice caregiver or or grief-care worker, we also welcome you to vent or offer support.

While reserves the right to remove or edit offensive posts, we invite you to use this Community to vent, express yourself, and to seek or give support.

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2 Responses to “Community of Support”

  1. Shayla says:

    Hi, Georgette, and welcome to the Community of Support. I’m so sorry you are going through this. Nobody can understand the depths of sorrow in anyone else, so I will not say “I know what you are going through” because I don’t. My mother was killed when I was 15 years old, and I do understand that the definition of “Normal” changes drastically in that situation. You’re right. It is WRONG and no amount of anger and words can make it right, and your anger is a normal human response. People grieve in different ways, and for me, it became my goal to honor my mother. I began to imagine my mother looking down from heaven at me. What would she want for me? She would want me to stop fighting the facts, and find a way to put one foot in front of the other. For me, that meant giving myself permission to cry all night and then realize that eventually the tears do stop. It meant taking care of myself by breathing, eating right, doing my homework, and helping my siblings. It meant reaching out to a guidance counselor at school, and to my youth director at church. Your experience is uniquely your own, but you are most certainly not alone.

  2. Georgette says:

    I’m really worried about losing my mind! Help!? I am 16 years old, and a sophomore in high school. We buried my mother a month ago, and everyone is pressuring me to “get back to normal”. What does that even mean? “Normal” would be going home from school, and asking my mom what’s for dinner. “Normal” would be going out with my mom to find the right shoes for my homecoming dress. I don’t get to have “Normal”. Nothing will ever be “Normal” again. I’m having bouts of anger that I kind of understand, but it’s like no matter how angry I get and no matter how much I try to will my mom back into “Normal”, it doesn’t work. This isn’t “Normal”. This is wrong. This is not how it is supposed to be. Thanks for letting me vent. Has anybody gone through this? Am I really all alone in this world that is so wrong?

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