Your Story-Someone Else’s Survival Guide

Hey-I get it.

Who wants to air the good, the bad and the ugly for everyone else to see?

In today’s world where photo filters on our cellphone cameras can turn a pretty rotten picture into a magazine worthy masterpiece no one is anxious to be seen as less than polished and put together.

The pressure is on to pretend that all is well even when all is, well, going quite the other direction.

If you are trudging through a tough patch, let folks know.

You might be surprised by who reaches out saying, “That was me just a while ago. Would you like to know how I made it through?”

If you’ve already walked the long and lonely road of grief, loss, trauma, depression or other difficult circumstance-share your story!

Don’t sugar coat it. Don’t clean up the messy bits. Don’t gloss over the hard spots.

How can anyone learn to walk the hard roads, the rocky paths, the treacherous terrain of life unless someone else is willing to be a guide? And who can trust a guide that hasn’t also made that journey?

Tell it like it was.

Then tell it like it is.

Map the path from there to here.

Shine a light for a soul that thinks darkness is all there is.

Reach back and take a hand.

Help a heart hold on to hope.

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

5 thoughts on “Your Story-Someone Else’s Survival Guide”

  1. All is not well here….Luke’s suicide has had soooo much impact on the mental health of my family. We are limping from one crisis to another. I am barely able to keep all the balls up in the air at the moment.
    Having to concentrate on child no.2 while he struggles, there are effects on his partner and children.
    Prayers please? xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Praying right now, Carol. There are aftereffects on us and our surviving children as long as we walk this earth. Suicide adds another layer. I am so sorry that this is a season of struggle. May the Lord make His Presence known to your son, especially, in a way that helps his heart hold onto hope. May He fill in any gaps in your son’s family so that his partner and children are spared bitterness and despair. And may He give you the strength to do what you have to do even as you bear up under your own heavy load of grief. ❤


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