By David Coy
We are living in increasingly troublesome times. There is a song that even begins with that idea. “Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear, freedom we all hold dear now is at stake.…” (1942, Winsett). I heard one person say recently that they longed to feel safe and normal. That is a powerful statement in their world. What about yours? Do you feel unsafe and out of sync with “normal”? I have met a number of people over the years who in the midst of their journey with grief struggled so intensely to figure out who they now were, where they now fit in life or even what their purpose in life now was that they were floundering aimlessly just barely existing from day to day. This is when they need constant unwavering support from those around them. Be it family, friends or others outside these circle of associates. As society seems to unravel, splinter and divide it is important we help those who are walking the journey with grief, sorrow or tribulation so that they do not feel alone, unsafe and abnormal. Feeling included in a routine of daily life that has hope for the future as it faces and deals with their struggles will begin to give them the feeling of safety and normalcy.
Grief support groups are provided in Bolivar, which meets now at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the second floor lounge of CB&S Bank; Selmer, which meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the lounge area of the old Chamber of Commerce building; Savannah, which meets at 6 p.m. in the TVEC conference room on the third Thursday; Henderson, which now meets at 6 p.m. in the lounge at the rear of The Johnson funeral home; and Waynesboro, meets at 6 p.m. in the TEVC conference room on the last Monday of each month. Please come and join us where we support each other in a safe, normal environment.