We all have so many support circles. I think each circle supports us in their own unique way. No single group can, nor should, provide all of your support. You simply can’t put all your eggs in one basket.
I once thought my husband should be my biggest support. I quickly realized that, while he is my biggest supporter, his support is needed in other areas of my life. Our grief was so different that he wasn’t able to be there for me in the way I needed. It is okay to say it so let me repeat that… My husband wasn’t my biggest support in my grief.
I found my biggest support circle to be a group of bereaved moms. They have all been through the depth of the oceans of grief. They understand exactly how I felt. They didn’t offer me cheeky catchphrases meant to make me feel better because they knew that a those words don’t fix anything. They didn’t walk away because they were uncomfortable with the topic of loss. They reached out or listened when I reached out.
I haven’t met all of these girls but I hold tight to their hands. We catch each other as we walk along the shores of the ocean. Our toes sometimes feel the water. Every once-in-a-while we feel the waves trying to pull us out to sea again. When that happens the hands hold tighter as they keep you close. They aren’t “saving” you from feeling the water, sometimes you have to feel that wave to heal more. They are simply helping you ride out the wave.
Each year we travel to the Run for Their Live’s/Walk Run Race event in honor of our babies. We connect. We cry. We hug. We support. I always appreciate when I see dads connecting too. The past eight years of support has shown so many rainbows along the shore. That is what makes every mile of the drive to South Dakota worth it! I am so thankful for our friends, family, and even strangers who have been supportive through this journey. To those who meet us for the run, send us reminders that they thought of Clara, and to everyone who follows this journey every October… Thank you!
Thank you for standing by and holding my hand in person and in spirit.
ps: Happy 8th Anniversary to my loving husband. Thank you for supporting me in everything no matter how difficult it is. Your ability to encourage me and let me search out the best support circles is nothing short of awesome. I am in awe at the last 8 years and all we have made it through.
I <3 You!