We've reached day #25 of the 100 Day Gratitude Challenge.
Today I want to Tell A Friend Something They've Done That I Appreciated.
I'm so infinitely grateful for the way you held space for me, Carol. When Trent took his life, and I was fortunate enough to meet you just a month later, it was one of the GREATEST GIFTS GOD EVER GAVE ME.
Meeting you, Carol, was a godsend and it was all about "divine timing." Your own experience of being a suicide survivor was a blessing in disguise. When everyone around me acted like "Oh well, Trent killed himself. He's gone. It's a shame. You have to move on with your life..." YOU, Carol, stepped in and silenced those venomous voices for me. You helped me lift the heavy fog surrounding me, so I could see again...breathe again.
I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL.
Without your wisdom, experience, compassion and deep empathy...I would have been a ship lost at sea...or worse...my recovery would have taken much longer.
I believe everyone who goes through bereavement should have a "counselor" or life coach like you. Carol, I'm proud to call you part of my soul tribe. I consider your friendship a priceless piece of my life -- a NECESSARY component.
When someone is going through a "dark night of the soul" -- as I have -- they need someone genuine and empathic they can count on for support. Your love and friendship has been all-encompassing. You've never told me to shut up and stop talking about Trent. Others turned their backs on me and I became alienated. But YOU...what a revelation. When the storm subsided, you were one of the few still standing there, welcoming me with open arms.
I want to say I love you, Carol. For all that you are, all that you have given me, UNSELFISHLY. You didn't have to do it, but you did. You showed up for me, in a way I needed. God bless you for that.
I know my Trent is smiling from heaven. He's been overjoyed about our friendship from day one.
Carol Davic, you are my hero.
With much love always,
xx RR xx