Two Words…BE THERE!

On Friday I was able to take part in a workshop about assisting grieving youth.  This whole process has been new for me.  Experiencing the loss of several young people (and their parents) in our community has been quite a rollercoaster of emotion for all of us.

I will admit with the photography campaign for this project I have interacted with those from all types of backgrounds, but I never sat down and talked with a young person that experienced the journey of grief.  Most of the information that I heard in the workshop was reminder that I was going in the right direction.  It also affirmed that I can be of assistance to an age group that is often times ignored.

One of the most valuable pieces of advice can be summed up in two words: Be There.

No matter the age it’s imperative that you just BE THERE for a person that’s grieving.

We don’t want to hear, “they’re in a better a place.”  Now, I’m speaking for myself.  I don’t want to hear that.  I understand everything that you’re saying, but I’m not receiving it because I’m hurting.

Sometimes all we need is a listening ear.  A person that will assist us with getting to the other side.

XOXO,

RJ

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