Steve and Joyce

Steve and Joyce

Heartlight has helped me profoundly following the loss of my wife Joyce
in June 2013. I knew on the first night at Heartlight, about three
weeks after Joyce died, that I had found a sincerely welcoming
community, the members of which I soon thought of as brothers and
sisters in grief. These people knew what I was experiencing, and they
shared from their hearts, each one grounded in a particular “distance”
in time from losing their spouse. This let me know that there was life
still to be lived – others were living proof – and that surviving my
loss was in fact possible despite how much pain I felt. I appreciated
that group attendance was large but not such that I ever felt that
there was not enough time for everyone. Also, there was a range of
ages present which showed how universal the loss of a partner can be.
To sum up, Heartlight has been a place graciously allowing me to mourn
among fellow mourners. As a result of Heartlight, I know that all of
us will always remember and grieve our loved ones although the
character and frequency of the experience of loss does evolve over
time. Because of my experience with Heartlight, I have been
increasingly living a new life while never forgetting, and always
honoring, my old life with Joyce. Thus, I am ever grateful to the Heartlight Center.

Steve

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