July 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Grief, life after loss, normal?, silver lining | 2 Comments
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I, along with the rest of the world, do not understand the horror that took place last week in Colorado.  There are no words which seem adequate for such a tragedy.   The families left behind have a devastating hole in their lives and way too many unanswered questions.  Life is not fair.  However, a few things I read gave me some hope:

1.  An article  about the “Tales of Heroism. . .”.  “Even as a masked gunman kept firing a hailstorm of bullets in a Colorado movie theater, acts of selflessness and heroism sprouted from all across the room.  Three of the 12 people killed died while shielding their girlfriends from the gunfire. And a young woman risked her life to aid her wounded friend, refusing to leave her side.”

2.  My friend Kelcey over at Mama Bird Diaries focused on the helpers in the tragedy.  Kelcey posted the following quote she found through Ann Imig.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” -Fred Rogers

There is so much darkness in the world that sometimes it is hard to see the light.  But light, hope and rainbows are there, just some days you have to look much harder than others.

More kindness.  The MISS Foundation’s Dr. Joanne Cacciatore started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child’s death. Since then, more than 1,000,000 kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children, gone too soon.

Anyone can participate in memory of anyone!

Here’s what you do:

Visit the MISS Foundation’s International Kindness Project Day website:

Imagine this:
All around the world,
on this one day of the year,
mourners will be transforming their grief into a
powerful message of
love, hope, peace, and kindness!


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  1. Thanks for sharing the projects Lanie!

  2. Great projects to share–and I love the sentiment “Look for the helpers!” Great viewpoint.

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