My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wings of Hope Living Forward Inc, Gilbertsville, PA, USA
I never thought I'd look for help thru Wings of Hope Living Forward, Inc but when I found my son dead in his bed at the age of 27 I needed help. He was perfectly healthy Chicago Ironworker. I wondered if I could ever feel normal again. I don’t believe you ever “get over” your loss, rather we learn to "live with it" in time. But, we do live in a society here in America where everyone wants us to get over it, and get back to what others deem as our normal life.I tried weekly counceling, Compassionate Friends, Grief Share & many sources but for me Wings of Hope has offered me personally the most assistance.
I know from my own personal experiences of loss that I felt like I was in a deep hole looking out and life was busy and chaotic all around me and I felt frozen in time. I acknowledge others accept death differently but I myself was stuck.
Having Wings of Hope Retreats as a grief support is an important part of my own grief journey and healing process..We begin our retreats by introducing ourselves & our children, being allowed to openly speak of them, Lighting candles in their memory, Writing letters to put in a bottle & release into the ocean, doing a balloon release & supporting each other by openly talking to each other.
At the retreat we acknowledge that grief affects us spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. The attendees were encouraged to remember that death ends a life not a relationship! Couples are welcome to many. We honor our childs memory keeping photos in sight to remind us of our relationships. It's a healing week for everyone in attendance.