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Missing someone?

Missing Someone?

If you, like us, are busy writing Christmas cards, have you also come across that name in your address book that no longer requires a card as they have passed away? In preparing for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival at the Salvation Army we found some decorations which we used a few years ago.  On each star was the face of someone who either attended our events or volunteered with us. As we looked at all those smiling faces we realised just how many of them are no longer with us.

Here at Hope Trust we are going through, what we call, a ‘Season of Loss.’  Great, amazing people we have had the privilege of knowing, and working with, are no longer with us.  4 funerals in 3 weeks is a salutary reminder of the brevity of life.  The loss we feel, which is nothing compared to the loss the families must be experiencing, has to be acknowledged and dealt with – something we learn over and over again at our twice yearly Bereavement Support Group.  As we come to terms with those losses we are also reminded of the amazing fact that each one of those people lived and had a story to tell.  Stories of travel, love, sacrifice, hard work and joy were common to each person.  So, as we deal with their loss we choose to remember them as they lived, not as they died.  We choose to remember stories of the great and many things they did, not dwell on the fact that they are no longer here.  We choose to keep on doing what Hope Trust is here to do ‘helping older people’ and not give in to our sorrow but enjoy each person now as we find them.