Organized by: Marva Langevine
The world renowned Lebanese-American Author, Artist and Poet, in one of his most recognized pieces of written creations, the prose entitled The Prophet; stated that “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.” Emotional pain and grief derived from the loss of a family member or close friend is the inevitable right of passage that all human beings must endure. With that being said, there is still up to today, no definite way of adjusting to the idea of loss, no absolute way of growing accustomed to the sting of death, and most importantly, no sure way of dealing with grief. In the year 2006, my cousins from Trinidad, two boys then eighteen and sixteen respectively, lost their mother abruptly to a heart attack while she was on her way to work. I saw the way they struggled emotionally, academically, and even financially; being from a single parent unit. Luckily, their mom before she passed, seemed to have left them with the gift of resilience and prayers that were stored up in heaven. I often wondered, what are the coping mechanisms adopted by a child to deal with such a loss, especially those much younger than my cousins who may not have any other medium of external support. Surly, children can identify with pain as well. Surely, by coming face to face with such a massive loss, chaos may fill the air, bringing with it all the confusion that “breaks the shell enclosing one's understanding” according to Khalil. Imagine, the entirety of one's universe suddenly being thrown into a state of anarchy. This kind of chaos is known to contribute to many instances of childhood depression and other mental and physical ailments. Added to this, may also be many socioeconomic problems for children in situations of abject poverty and otherwise. I once knew a beautiful soul by the name of Mikeisha. We were the type of friends that eventually become family. Yes, it seemed as though God in his divine orchestration had somehow destined us to become sisters of different parents. Mikeisha was the proud mother of two beautiful boys as well as well as a loving daughter to her parents, sister to your siblings and loyal friend to many .When death came knocking at her door, she left all of these earthly blessings behind. Unfortunately, so did her father just five months after, thus leaving behind two boys and a family that were suddenly ushered into both immense grief as well as a financial disadvantage. Naturally, due to me being within close relational and emotional proximity to the family, I grieved over the entirety of the situation. This is what makes this project so personal and special to me. When asked about religion back in biblical times, the book of James answers this well. James 1:27 says: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” My proposal then is simple. I would like to embark on starting and thoroughly executing a campaign geared towards raising the awareness of bereaved children. I would like to confront this issue on various paradigms Being financial and most importantly psycho-social. My aim is to create a “GO FUND ME” account, so that contributions can be made towards a bereavement camp that focuses on creating a safe , loving and therapeutic environment for orphans and children(ages 5-17) dealing with a death loss, as well as provide financial aid for bereaved families that are in need. My aim is to be a catalyst of healing and perspective change.