Losing a loved one is the most devastating tragedy one can experience. We are listed as the "survivors," but, perhaps, we should be called the "walking wounded." We're still here; we're going through the motions, but we definitely are not unscathed by the loss. In order to survive the pain of loss we must learn to use hope, humor, and happy memories to push back the dark times.
The memories we have of our loved ones are the greatest legacy they left to us. In the book, Tuesdays With Morrie, there is a quote that can sustain us through the dark days. It says, "Death ends a life. It does not end a relationship." The idea presented in this quote helps us to see that our loved one is always with us, always a thought away, and we can visit the good times again and again in our memories. The relationship we had with them will never die. It has changed from a physical relationship to a spiritual one, but this means it is with us wherever we go.
I have traveled the journey of grief, too. I have learned many lessons along the way. I hope you will join me at the Facing Tomorrow Programs listed which are provided by Alexander Funeral Home. I will look forward to meeting you.
Phyllis McElwain, MFTA, Bereavement Counselor
If someone you know would benefit from our Support Program, mail their address to:
Alexander Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
Attention: Phyllis McElwain
2115 Lincoln Ave
Evansville IN 47714