I am more than excited to launch this organization. It has been several years in the making for sure and it will continue to evolve and transform over the days, weeks,and years to come. I have so much to say about this organization that there just isn’t enough time here in this one post to describe it in its entirety. So let me just start with a few words about the beginnings of GA. In the days to follow I will continue to add it all to this blog with a book to follow shortly. GA’s roots began to form after I transferred my writings from Caringbridge from when my husband was first diagnosed into http://www.hollycbarker.com after my husband passed away from cancer as a means to cope and to share in hopes that maybe my journey might help someone to know they are not alone in their grief. What came to pass was a growing membership of people from around the world and right here in the USA coming to the page to connect and read someone’s shared grief experience. From this catalyst of losing my husband, the writing has also allowed me to continue to write about the connection we all have to humanity and to a Higher Power. Through my husband’s diagnosis and into his passing and onward through my recovery that Source of Love and Light has never left my side. During the summer of his original cancer diagnosis in 2006, I was shown a vision of a bright, loving, beautiful light. It was shown to me during the lowest and saddest time of my life. I was shown and was able to feel the love God has for me, and also the pure simple love we all have for one another. It is from this experience that the circular gold light has been created from the vision into what is now the GA symbol. The small circles surrounding this Light are the Tenets of Recovery. Ten actionable concepts to follow in order to recover from grief. These Ten Tenets are the premise and bedrock for this organization. This group is for all to attend, no matter what your religious beliefs are or not. No matter your ethnic origin or race. Male or female. Young and old. Social situation. Grief is a collective human experience that has been in the shadows for way too long. Now is the time for cumulative action to be taken to link us all who are on this path. We can then be there waiting for those who will join us. Grief Anonymous will be the light where there is darkness and bring hope to those who are bereaved and in need of fellowship, understanding, and support.
The Ten Tenets of Grief Anonymous:
- Belief in a higher power or consciousness
- Find or create a sanctuary for healing
- Focus on the physical fundamentals of sleep, diet, and exercise
- Practice baby steps and leaps of faith
- Acceptance of your loss
- Facing your fears
- Learning to forgive and what forgiveness really means
- Finding a creative outlet for your grief
- Embracing your new authentic self
- Giving back
http://www.griefanonymous.com is under construction and will be ready soon!