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Dunk Karen and help those who are grieving

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Karen Laing

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Does the idea of me being plunged into a tank full of cold water bring a grin to your face? Or would you like to take a picture of me with wet, stringy hair and no make-up?  Or do you just like being involved in charitable causes that impact people's lives If any of these sound like you, consider participating in the “Dunk For Donations” challenge at the New Hope Family Fun Festival on Sunday, August 30th!

New Hope Center for Grief Support provides support, education, and community to people in Southeast Michigan grieving the loss of a loved one. We provide our services at no cost to all of those who are grieving. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of others to provide this service to those looking for hope, healing, and new beginnings after losing a loved one.

I am volunteering to be dunked in order to support New Hope's mission. I am asking you to help support that mission as well. There are a few ways to participate:

Purchase tickets to the event (Adults $25, Teens $10, Kids 12 and under free) www.newhopecenter.net/rsvp


Participate in the Dunk for Donations challenge by making a donation to New Hope (either at the event or online) and dunking me in the dunk tank. (designated pitchers available for out of town donors)

 

Thank you for your participation. Your donations will make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Healing begins when hope is found!

 

*New Hope Center for Grief Support is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductable.

 

Below is a Reflection of Hope that I wrote about my husband Keith and how it remains in my life and most of all in my heart:

At New Hope, we speak about moving forward to hope, healing and new beginnings while always keeping our loved one in our heart.  We also teach how to plan ahead for holidays and special days.  It is possible to find joy and meaning in those days vs. the despair and sadness we may feel because we yearn for our loved one to be with us.

Two weekends ago, I attended my niece/goddaughter’s wedding in New Jersey.  Weddings can be very difficult for people who have lost loved ones for multiple reasons including bringing up memories of the day we married our beloved spouse who left us far too soon, the realization that our cherished child will not have their own day or we won’t have our wonderful parent with us on our wedding day.  However, since they are days of joy for the couple who are marrying, family and friends, we don’t want it to be a day of sadness.  Grief bursts come though at unexpected times and places. 

 

I planned ahead of time for the day as Cathy Clough taught me.  I spent time remembering my own wedding day and cried a little and smiled as well.  When the day came, I was touched that my niece, Kristin and her husband, Chris remembered my husband in the program along with other family members who died.  The wedding ceremony was beautiful and joyous. 

 

At the reception though, some sadness crept in as the new couple danced their first dance and my niece and her father danced as well.  People were kind though commenting on how much they loved my husband and how my son, David resembled him. 

 

At one point, I decided to take a break for a few minutes.  I went into the brides’ room and put my feet up.  Suddenly, the song, “In My Life,” began to play on the sound system.  This was the song that my husband and I danced to.  It was a beautiful memory and moment as I closed my eyes and remembered.  I also remembered that our loved ones may have died but they are always in our hearts and when we need them, they somehow make their presence known. 

                        In My Life

 

There are places I'll remember 
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life-- I love you more   (the Beatles) 

May God bless you and heal you as you journey.  May friends and family be there for you as your journey.  And most of all, may you always and forever know that your loved one loved you with their whole heart is now alive in your heart. 

 

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$1,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • David and Julia Laing

    $25

  • Ray and Sue Heineman

    $1,000

  • Debra Bonde

     

  • John & Betty

    $50

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24% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,175 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Karen Laing

Amount Raised

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24% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

John & Betty

John & Betty

DONATION: $50

In memory of our parents. 3 years ago

Debra Bonde

Debra Bonde

In memory of Anna Bonde 3 years ago

Ray and Sue Heineman

Ray and Sue Heineman

DONATION: $1,000

In Memory of Keith Laing 3 years ago

David and Julia Laing

David and Julia Laing

DONATION: $25

Keith Laing 3 years ago