“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. “ Proverbs 16:14
“Sympathy is two hearts tugging on one load.” -Anonymous
I recently viewed a video posted by www.walktoremember.org entitled "Support Grieving Parents" and there were several points that touched my heart . . . words of wisdom and insight concerning how we might best help those who grieve.
One of the points that impressed me was what bereaved parents want to hear from others in response to their loss; and the consistent theme shared by several bereaved parents who were interviewed on the video was that a simple "I'm sorry" is enough.
Merriman-Webster's Dictionary provides the definition of "sorry" as . . . "feeling sorrow or regret."
The words "I'm sorry" that someone might say to someone who has suffered loss may not seem enough somehow, but throughout my personal journey of grief in response to the loss of my son, Kevin, in 2002 and from connecting with hundreds of moms who have suffered the loss of a child, I have found that a simple "I'm Sorry" is enough; these simple words convey genuine comfort and concern for the brokenhearted - would you agree?
I remember a movie back in the 70's (I think) called "Love Story," where the wife says to the husband, "Love means you never have to say you're sorry." My husband, Bob, and I looked at each other and we almost laughed out loud. After the movie ended, we talked about how silly that statement was in light of the reality that to truly show our love for someone, we must be willing to admit our mistakes, say
"I'm sorry" and ask for forgiveness.
To all the precious moms we have met and will meet in the future, we want to say "We're sorry for your loss and we deeply care about your hurting heart and we hope that we can somehow be
of comfort, help and encouragement to you."
As we are praying and planning for our upcoming 2013-2014 Season of Comfort, we look forward to connecting and companioning with you. Watch for information about our new age-specific loss groups and other special events. Go to email@example.com and/or visit our website Support Groups and Calendar of Events pages at www.motherslikeme.info.
Our hearts are turned toward you,
Angie Green and our "Mighty Like A Rose" Ministry Team