Speaking from Experience Helps Others

I've been speaking to community groups about loss, grief, and grief recovery. These groups include churches, Kiwanis, and at the end of the month, the Bereaved Parents of the USA National Gathering in Tampa, FL. In the fall I will be giving a short LIFE course at Rochester Community and Technical College about creating a personal healing path. Many speakers quote studies, cite statistics, and predict trends. All of these are valuable, but nothing can replace a true life story. When I speak about the multiple losses I suffered in 2007, I'm trying to help others and let them know what works and what doesn't. Speaking is my way of "giving back," and I speak for free. Has your loved one died? Have you spoken about your loss to support or community groups? I hope so, because speaking helps others and also helps us.