Grief is the one thing that every single person will experience at some point in their lives. It is the one avoidable thing besides death and taxes. We experience grief over many things, but the hardest of all is the death of a loved one.
Those who experience this type of grief go through many changes. They lose friends, or find that friends don’t know how to support them, so those friends don’t contact them. There seems to be a preconceived notion about how long grief should last, or how we should grieve.
That is why one lady is taking this one. Angie Cartwright. A woman who lost her husband in a car accident at the age of 21, she discovered the hard way what people in grief experience. Using old clichés or worse yet, telling her to move on, friends and family were not helping, only causing her to have to live a double life. The face she showed the world was smiles, although, in truth, she was dying on the inside.
Starting with a small Face Book page for those who were also grieving, she has expanded her pages to include thousands of people. Just when things started to seem to be getting better, she lost her mother tragically in 2010. Again, grief reared its ugly head. Again friends and family tried to help, but in fact only made it worse.
She currently is working on a Grief Awareness Day. This day would not to acknowledge grief, but to educate people about grief. Education on how to comfort and support those people who are taking this very long and lonely walk. She wants to get rid of the clichés, get rid of the stigma about grief.
Ms. Cartwright states, “We don’t need anyone to remind us to grieve. We grieve anyway. This is not what this day will be about. We have awareness days for many things and situations. This day will be for educating our society about the clichés and myths of grief. To begin opening the dialogue and start a conversation. Grieving is not talked about a lot. People do not “get over” a loved one nor “move on” for example. Those are two clichés said to thousands of grievers all over our world every day. Many grievers live in silence. We want to bring grief awareness into our schools, mental health, work, and home.”
Working towards this end, she has started several petitions and is working on donations to get this started nationwide. Making sure that education about grief and the grieving is age appropriate; she would like to see this take off nationally. She is asking everybody to email, write letters to their local TV stations, News Papers, and to write letters to all the TV shows about this day!! What it means to you and why you think they should put it on their show. By doing this, we can change how people view grief and, more importantly, we can change how people comfort those in grief.
If you would like to know more about the Grief Awareness day, please visit:
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If you would like to help with making this happen, please visit:
http://t.co/iN8grUKWHE Click here to support Grief Awareness Day by Angie Cartwright
If you would like to help with planning, getting the word out, or ideas, please visit:
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