Support During Loss
I have a dear friend who lost her husband a few years ago. She is a single mom now with two young boys. I remember wanting to convey to her that I would be there for her, no matter what. I came across this story that conveyed beautifully what I wanted her to know. There was a little girl who was walking down the sidewalk when suddenly the sunshine turned to rain and she found herself walking in a downpour, with no coat, no umbrella, and no one near. Another little girl sitting inside her cozy warm home peaked out the window and saw the girl walking in the rain. She put on her rain boots and reached for her umbrella, but her umbrella was missing. Without hesitation she left the comfort of her home and joined the girl who was walking alone in the rain. I wanted my friend to know that I was not afraid to walk with her in the downpour she now found herself in. I wanted her to know she was not alone.
In life we can sometimes find ourselves in a downpour. Maybe there was a forecast, and we knew it was coming, or maybe without notice it came suddenly. Maybe you have lost a loved one, or the stressors of life just seem overwhelming. Whatever the case may be when we find ourselves in a downpour we can feel overwhelmed and sometimes we may feel very alone. We may be afraid to reach out, in fear that others won’t want to walk with us during the downpour, or we may feel there is no one to reach out to. When we find ourselves in this place it is sometimes hard to trust that anyone would want to join us there.
If you have found yourself in a downpour you may be struggling to ask for help. You don’t have to walk through these times alone. Most often friends and family want to help but may not know how. Let them know what you need and then be open to accepting their help. If you find that you need some extra help and would like to speak with a trained mental health counselor, please call Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to schedule an appointment.