I am often asked, “how do you do what you do; isn’t it depressing?” My answer is unequivocally, “NO.” I see the “good grief” work Community Grief Support does as vitally important and crucial in helping people rebuild their lives after loss…

And last year this became all too real for me when an old high school friend, Cheryl Zadick, lost her son to suicide. She has spoken of this publicly and has given me permission to share. 

Cheryl’s story: “My 25-year-old son died by suicide, and the pain is still so acute, overwhelming, and consuming. Joining CGS’ loss-of-an-adult-child support group was a saving grace to me. I Immediately felt safe; there was no shame, no judgment. We could talk freely, be ourselves. Sharing a bond from such excruciating pain and loss, surprisingly provides us with a kinship that no one else can understand, and that is a blessing as we sojourn together — in finding healing.”

To be able to come alongside her in the greatest pain she has ever experienced is humbling and–at the same time–an honor because Community Grief Support has played a major role in her grief journey. She has found hope, support, understanding, compassion, and the tools she needs as she works toward healing. She is rediscovering human connection, relationship, and how to rebuild her life after such a devastating loss. On behalf of my dear friend, I am deeply grateful and give thanks for what CGS does each and every day. And that is not depressing.