Walking With You Bereavement Support

The original Walking With You (for families grieving the loss of a baby or child) segment featured the telling of our stories, in weekly increments….encouraging one another by reading each story linked and leaving words of love and encouragement, as well as praying for one another. A small group of women found support and felt less alone walking the path of grief and healing. Since that first WWY, hundreds of grieving hearts have passed through our lives and inboxes. In order to offer them the same opportunity to tell their stories and find hope and comfort walking together, we would like to do offer another WWY…to find comfort in the storm…and grace for the journey….

Will you walk with us?

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Excerpt from this post:

That walk, it’s no flower-laden path. It is a dark alley with old jagged concrete, filled with mud puddles and Do Not Enter Signs. Dark and foreboding…if we look with our human eyes. That walk is not for the faint of heart. It is the nitty gritty stuff of life and death, loss and hope, pain and healing, sorrow and joy. It is a bitter cup that one day becomes a soothing sweetness to your soul, but for a time breaks you into pieces. And, on that walk, it’s unpredictable. The rain pours. The tears flow. The mud rises. That’s what we see, at least.

Internally, the Lord is working. In the place we cannot see with our eyes, the heart is being shaped and mended, formed into a more beautiful instrument of love and grace than it was before we took that walk. Inside, our soul is being healed and filled up, even as the rains fall…even as we feel poured out and empty. When all we see are ashes, He sees the beauty that will come from them. When we behold the darkness before us, surrounding us, smothering us…He sees the light that He will shine in those dark places.

There are moments on that walk when we feel we cannot go on. Moments when a friend comes alongside us to point us again to the One who sustains us. A friend to lift us in prayer. A friend to allow us to lean on her as she leans on Him. A friend, who is not afraid to walk through the valley in the rain, with a storm mounting. She is not afraid, because the Lord is her strength and her shield. She is not afraid because she doesn’t walk alone.

And because He has walked with her through the valleys and the storms, He has sent her to walk with you. And He will carry you both through the rain, through the storm, through the unknown dark alleys to secure, dry ground.

Whether you are a newly bereaved mother or a seasoned mom who has watched the Lord make beauty from ashes in her life. Whether you need someone to lean on or you are the shoulder that can bear the burden, we hope you will walk with us as we are walking with Him. We hope you will join us with our broken umbrellas, with all our little quirks and imperfections in our various stages on this walk, as His grace washes over us in the pouring rain.

Beginning next week, we will post a new Walking With You each Monday (excerpts from the original WWY), and we invite you to join us. If you have a blog, please do a post on your blog on the same subject and link up to the post here each Monday. If you are a bereaved mother, but you do not have a blog, feel free to share your heart on that topic in the comments of my post. And, I hope everyone will take the time to read and reply to the mothers in the comments. The comfort comes not only in telling our own stories, but in encouraging one another by commenting and sharing. So please take some time to do that each week!

The topics will be as follows:

Monday, January 9th – The First Steps (We will share the first part of the journey…finding out something was wrong with our baby)

Monday, January 16th – Waiting (We will share about the time we spent waiting to meet our little one.)

Monday, January 23rd – Meeting Our Babies (This post will tell of the precious time we spent with our sweet babies.)

Monday, January 30th – A Precious Goodbye (The funeral or memorial.)

Monday, February 6th – Naming our Babies (We will talk about how we chose the names for our children.)

Monday, February 13th – The Sea of Grief (This post will focus on the days of early grief.)

Monday, February 20th – The Ripples Flow to our Marriage (Grief’s effect on your marriage…relationship.)

Monday, February 27th – Sibling Grief/Next Pregnancy (Grief’s effect on Siblings and/or experiencing pregnancy after loss)

Monday, March 5th – For the Joy Set Before Us (The hope of heaven…and a glorious reunion!)

Monday, March 12th – The Healing that Comes from Praise and Thankfulness

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I will post here next Monday about the first steps of the journey. Please have your post ready (if you’re a blogger…if not…tell your story in the comments), and add the link to the Linky at the bottom of next week’s post. Then take some time to read the stories of others, leave a word of encouragement, and pray for one another.

Looking forward to learning more about your journeys…your sweet babies…and walking with each of you. I hope many of you will join in! Will you do me a favor and help spread the word by adding the Walking With You button on your blog and sharing this post with anyone you think might benefit from this support? (If you have the old one, please replace it with the new one on the sidebar of this blog. We are at a new address…so the old one will not work.)

Love and Grace to all…

 

Comments

  1. Will be taking part again!

  2. Yay! I am hoping some of the new mamas who have crossed our path this year will join in with us, too. Praying God will use this to bless and encourage grieving hearts. Thanks so much for your love and support always, Holly!

  3. Sue Jorgenson says:

    You have said what is in my heart! I lobe the “Do Not Enter” analogy. I am so looking forward to helping support new moms. How I wish something like this existed when I was ctt…
    Sue, Luke’s mom
    ^^8-9-03^^

  4. Hi everyone at SGM! I came across this post from Holly at Caring for Carleigh. I am a newly bereaved mother, we lost our little one Sebastian 4 months ago. I am really looking forward to participating, especially as I’ve been meaning to write about some of these things for ages now and just haven’t got around to it. It will be a great opportunity to finally share Seb’s birth story and his funeral!
    Thank you for this opportunity. Now if only I can work out how to embed the button into my post, I’ll be good to go!
    Nat :)

    • Hi Nat! So glad you will be joining in. Looking forward to reading Sebastian’s journey…and yours. “See” you tomorrow!

      If you copy and paste this code into your post, while writing in the html format, it will show up:

      Blessings to you…

      • Weird…I copied and pasted the code, but the pic showed up! Yikes…the code is in the box under the WWY button on the right sidebar. If you copy and paste that code while working on your post in html format, it will show up as the picture above. I copied the code thinking it would show up…but the pic came up instead. =)

  5. Thank you for your ministry, and your WWYM. I NEED this so badly. I don’t have much support right now, and I need other bereaved momma’s to lean on, and to also encourage. When I can encourage another momma, it helps heal my heart, and it also helps me to live for His glory in the midst of a deep valley. God bless you all! :)

    Debby at Just Breathe sent me over, bless her!!

  6. What a neat idea!! I will be walking!!

  7. Looking forward to this Kelly. I just love that excerpt from your post, “In The Storm.” So beautiful… so true!

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