Do you have time to…
a) Attend a planning meeting on Monday, November 5th at 5:30, to help turn The Grief Warrior Project drop-in center into a reality – and/or –
b) Attend regular meetings after that – and/or –
b) Drop off brochures to organizations, emergency rooms, police departments, social work offices, and so forth – and/or –
c) Post information on social media regarding The Grief Warrior Project – and/or –
d) Hang out at the Grief Warrior Project offices (which are also the site of Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps), to be available for anyone who just needs a safe place to be – and/or –
e) Any other ideas?
Are you available Monday evening, November 5 at 5:30 for that planning meeting?
Quick Background Info:
Tomorrow, October 21st, 2018, will mark two years since my beloved husband took his own life. I won’t get into the whys here – those have been described in other posts.
For nearly that long I have wanted to develop a suicide prevention drop-in center, offering support groups, activities to help people feel valued, or at least, not alone – and just a safe place to hang out.
But I’ve had to work, and I’ve been working a LOT of hours to stabilize my finances after John died.
The goal is still there… I haven’t wavered on that.
I have the space available – a 600+sf retail and office area in downtown Lewiston that houses the greatly downsized Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, and includes a small group room as well as a conference room. (If I had the funds, I could expand back into our old space which is now vacant again… I just don’t have the money for that.)
Anyway, it’s like a chicken or the egg thing… We can’t be helpful to people if we don’t have regular hours, but I haven’t been able to offer regular hours because I had been working what amounted to more than two full-time jobs each week.
In August, I left my job in the social work field in order to regroup, but I have to go back to work soon. At that time, it will once again become difficult to maintain a steady schedule.
So right now while I have more time available than usual, I really want to start getting this off the ground.
The horrors of suicide have been on everyone’s minds lately… and on mine, constantly.
Please let me know if you can attend a planning meeting on Monday, November 5th at 5:30.
In memory of my beloved husband John Kelly Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
My Johnny was a true warrior, fighting demons no one else could see. I thought he was the strongest man in the world, and perhaps he was, but tragically, the demons got the better of him.
The name of this project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1. Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.
Fair winds and following seas, Husband.
We now have a group on Facebook to help find resources, support and ideas for getting The Grief Warrior Project off the ground. You can find us there at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewarriorproject/
Follow us on Twitter! @WarriorProjME.
Help support The Grief Warrior Project by making purchases from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps. All profits (after expenses) go to helping us help others. You can find Heritage Collectibles at https://heritagecollectiblesmaine.com, on Facebook (both a group and a page) and on Twitter (HeritageGifts).
Despite decades of disbelief, I have come to realize that our loved ones are able to communicate with us through the life/death barrier. My Johnny has proved this in ways that I can’t attribute to my own mind making things up… there have been complex coincidences and synchronicities, extraordinary happenings, and messages through others who could not possibly have any knowledge of the information they’ve passed on. Truly mind-blowing stuff. I don’t have a clue what I believe about life after death, but I know my husband loved me with everything he had, and that he still does. Our wedding vows were “to death and beyond” and that has proved true for both of us.
I can’t tell you how it all works, or how you can get through to your own loved one, but if you’re interested, I can tell you of my experiences and my thoughts on this.