I am recording this in September, 2018, and we are in the wake of
another natural disaster that hit our world. Three tornadoes destroyed many
homes in our nation’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario. There are so many people displaced, grieving and devastated.
This, of course, is not the first disaster that people have faced.
But it is another reminder that life is so unpredictable and change is the only constant. And in this, when there is such complex grief and so much going on…
It’s just begun. Grief of this magnitude (some people have died, pets died, belongings lost, uncertainty with insurance coverage, survivor guilt for those who didn’t lose their homes…), it goes on and on, and affects so many people-
directly and indirectly.
So, I felt compelled to share my message again!
When you don’t know what to do and you don’t know what to say,
it’s awkward and you can’t fix it;three words:
Just Show Up!
You can make a difference! It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture.
Even the smallest act of kindness can make such a difference for people;
hug, text, email, call, sit silently, reach out bring food, help with… whatever
they need help with! Sometimes that just help with the daily tasks of living.
My husband, Geordie, is in Ottawa. He is part of a team that is helping out.
And I am reaching out to people and checking in, and I will continue to check in. And I ask you to do the same in any situation, wherever you are, if someone is facing something where they need you to Just Show Up, just be there for them,
be present and keep checking in. That’s the other big thing, we need to keep checking in with people. Many of the relief organizations have partnered to create one "go to" website if you would like to donate and help people affected in Ottawa. I have included the link here
I am sending love to everyone
who is struggling with something today!
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