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The Path of Healing

(My son Dustin in the copyrighted photo)

Walking the path of healing
Step by step
One foot forward
One foot back

Joy and sadness in the same moment
Forward and reverse in the same step
The path of healing is never ending

Step by step
One foot forward
One foot back

These words came to me last year after witnessing a tragedy in our neighborhood. I will not go into details only that a man took his life. The sound of the gunshot immediately sent me in a spiral and back to the moment I lost my son, Dustin. After you lose someone you love, there are always triggers you will have to deal with. The ones that catch you off guard are the worst. But I was thankful to have a good friend (who also lost a child to suicide) tell me these comforting words…

“You are having a setback.
But you have the time and distance of years to your advantage.”

I am thankful for the supportive friends I have met over the years, and most of all for hope. Without hope we have nothing.

Wishing you all a great week and do not take anything or anyone for granted.

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Written by Carol DM

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  1. I can’t put into words what should be said. Just know that in sharing you are helping others. I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a child. It is beyond imagination. I wish such things could be undone.

    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the road rise up to greet you.

  2. I am glad you have supportive friends. After going through dreaded drama, I am sure there will always be some setbacks down the road. But you have the courage to go on, and educate people to not take anything/anyone for granted!

  3. Carol, it’s been months since I knew you through virily and every time you came into the memory of your dearest son, I always feel how sad you are without him but at the same time, I can feel the happiness you felt for having him even for a short time.

    You’re such a strong woman for not giving up your life for nothing.

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