When teaching empathy to a bunch of elementary students, it was explained that empathy means having an ability to "put yourself in someone else's shoes" in order to better understand how they're feeling.
Well, I would never wish that on anyone. Would never want someone to have to truly understand how I've ever felt during this grieving process. But that doesn't mean that I haven't experienced my share of empathetic people stepping up and supporting me during this journey. Actually, I think that showing empathy for someone like me can't be easy at all. Even having been there, I sometimes struggle to help others in this position when they need it. Because everyone needs something different. Everyone needs to be supported in their own ways. But I've compiled a list of ways people stepped up and metaphorically held my hand. A list of ways people empathized and supported...
What was supposed to be a quick little post today has turned into quite a bit more than that. But I think it's important. I don't think I could have come as far as I have in the last 13 months without the empathetic support of people like you. People taking time to learn about and understand what we need.
So thank you. And feel free to pass this on, especially to those who are currently in a position to help someone else like me.