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Terry

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Just for Today
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:07:24 PM »
I post "Just for Today" every year on the child loss forum. I have replaced child with loved one for all other losses as it applies to all that are grieving. I hope this helps you a bit. --Terry

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Just for Today -  For the Bereaved

Just for today I will try to live through the next 24 hours
and not expect to get over my loved one's death
but instead learn to live with it, just one day at a time.

Just for today I will remember my loved one's life, not just their death
and bask in the comfort of all those treasured days
and moments we shared.

Just for today I will forgive all the family and friends
who didn't help or comfort me the way I needed them to.
They truly did not know how.

Just for today I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside,
for maybe if I smile a little,
my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

Just for today I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my loved one,
for they are hurting too,
and perhaps we can help each other.

Just for today I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt,
for deep in my heart I know if there was anything in this world
I could of done to save my loved one from death
I would of done it.

Just for today I will honor my loved one's memory
by doing something with another person
because I know that would make my own loved one proud.

Just for today I will offer my hand in friendship
to another who is bereaved
for I do know how they feel.

Just for today when my heart feels like breaking,
I will stop and remember that grief is the price we pay for loving
and the only reason I hurt is because
I had the privilege of loving so much

Just for today I will not compare myself with others.
I am fortunate to be who I am
and have had my loved one as long as I did.

Just for today I will allow myself to be happy,
for I know that I am not deserting him/her by living on.

Just for today I will accept that I did not die when my loved one did
my life did go on,
and I am the only one who can make that life worthwhile once more.

~~~~Vicki Tushingham
   

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Re: Just for Today
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 08:33:35 AM »
Thank you so much that is a wonderful poem. I am truly sorry that it ever had to be written and that it had to be posted, but truly grateful that it has. I wish you well.
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy

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Re: Just for Today
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011, 09:37:06 AM »

Thank you, Sonya.

Hugs!!