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Terry

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Just for Today
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:08:16 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: September 23, 2011, 09:05:33 AM »
Thank you Terry. This is a beautiful poem. There will be no todays like that for me for quite some time I feel. However, the message of this poem reminds me of the white dove with the olive branch in its beak or the last creature to emerge from Pandora's box: and that is.............................hope. Hope in the midst of despair.

Love,

Helene.


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