TransformING Grief Into Resilience
Organized by: Amy M. Hurley
Sometimes the currents of our lives speed uP quicker than we can steer the boat. This happened for me in the days and weeks preceding the greatest test of my life~ the passing of my Beloved Mother, Jacqueline Glover Hurley in hospice on 11.3.15.
My Mother, Mentor and Protector moved down to WaLlingford, PA from New York City when I was three-years old to a Quaker Study & Retreat Center caLled Pendle Hill which sits on Lenni-Lenape land on a hill near the Delaware River. We were nourished by the unique supportive community there and about a year later Maman was offered a live-in position as the house mother of The Refugee House on the campus of Swarthmore College. I met many people fleeing war-torn countries who had suffered traumas like Maman and I did as she lay in hospice from complications due to Multiple Myeloma.
Maman passed on her Mother's, (Amy Sharpless Glover's) birthday. I had the honor of being Maman's 24/7 caretaker for more than a year up to her passing. It was an honor and I wiLl cherish the time we had together for the rest of my life.To struggle to help your family member survive and then watch powerlessly as they pass before your eyes is a universal traumatic experience and yet the community support needed to pull through this life passage and keep your head above water is not nearly as ubiquitous as it could be. Thus, in the midst of grieving, I am working on several initiatives intended to ease this process for others. I just created the Community Resilience Network (@CoResNetwork) to strengthen a diverse exchange of compassionate ideas, energy and resources; @RefugeEase to reshape our coLlective viewpoints toward vulnerable people and populations and @SoupVerseHive to encourage communal meals with music amongst forward-thinking global citizens.
I would like the time and focus to work on these and other blossoming creative initiatives while I heal from the trauma of watching Maman pass. Any and aLl help wiLl be eternaLly appreciated and transformed into resilience in the communities I reach with the resonance of my dreams and waking life.
~Amy //|\./\\.M.P. Hurley, M. S.