"Grief doesn't get easier, you get stronger. An analogy that I can think of is that being filled with grief is like carrying around the heaviest backpack imaginable. Filled with sadness, my own grief, my children's grief, missed milestones, broken dreams for the future, and endless love. At the beginning, you can't stand up with that backpack on. But eventually you adjust to its weight. There are days where I can scramble up the mountains with this grief and find my joy easily. And yes, now I'm in a love filled relationship, planning for a happy future. But in the next week I have our boys first days of school (again without Jim) and our 10th wedding anniversary would be Friday September 8th. Almost 20 months out as a widow and grief can still knock me down with a feather. It's all how I choose to deal with it though, because I wasn't given a choice in the matter to begin with. Jim wouldn't want me stuck so I am able to move forward (not moving on), and I'm blessed to have found a way to let my love for Jason, Jim and my grief coexist." ~Cat Gainey, widow of Agrace patient, Jim Gainey
Grieving the death of a loved one can be an isolating experience. Through our stand-alone Grief Support Center, Agrace seeks to break down barriers that prevent people in our community from receiving the support they need to grieve the loss of their loved ones and become healthy survivors. You can help, make your gift today!