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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” 

-Brene Brown

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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” 
― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

“It’s hard to believe that 24 years ago today I lost my oldest brother David as a victim of suicide. He was always such a light in my life. Someone I always looked up to and was honored to have as my best man in my wedding. At that time, I could only wish that someday I could achieve all the great things he seemed to have in life. A brilliant profession as an architect. A lovely home in Coconut Grove Florida. A fine BMW automobile. A wonderful wife and a child prodigy for a son. And then BOOM – it happened – and he was gone on August 18, 1996. And so I would be the one to eulogize him as a modern day George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life” — now casted a “building and design” good guy that just didn’t have an angel Clarence to save him. My thoughts went immediately to my 9 year-old nephew. Not knowing where to turn, three weeks later, I found myself attending a Community Education event for a small non-profit called Supporting Kidds. While located in Delaware, and no direct help to my nephew, it became my mission to do everything possible to help bereaved children and their families. My life-long dream of building a sustained, well-recognized model for bereaved children right here in Delaware will carry on. One small solace for me today is that I can now imagine that my Dad and brother David are once again sharing some smiles while still inspiring me to believe that there is work to done. Please understand that when children need to heal from loss — we can help.”

Submitted by Jim Carrington

“I am so grateful to participate in this virtual luminary event. I lost 2 wonderful people within 4 days of each other in 2018, both related to addiction and suicide. Grief is so powerful, gripping, and truly life-changing. It’s gut-wrenching to lose someone and there is so much denial at first, Then when the reality sets in that you’ll never see those loved ones again, it’s almost unbearable. I learned that there is no time limit for grief and all of the self-talk that tells you “I should be over this by now” or “I shouldn’t be so upset about this still” is counterproductive. It is so much easier when you share your grief with others. If you want to create a shrine to that loved one, that’s ok. If you want to leave the room set up just the way they left it, that’s your choice and way of grieving. There is no right way to grieve but sharing your experiences can certainly lessen the pain.”

Submitted by Aimee McGrath

“I have learned that through death and loss we can focus on what has happened to us or what has happened through us. Over time, shifting my focus to what has happened through me by being able to carry out my husband’s legacy has helped me heal. Giving hope and inspiration to others by honoring him in how I live my life giving back to our community brings me peace.”

Submitted by Louise Cummings

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