The Journey of Overcoming - Introduction
"My story is designed to help those people who are bereaved by violent crimes - more so, knife crimes. To help young people especially to understand the effect it has on the family members and community"...
One cannot deny the fact that in recent times, there has been an escalation of knife crime on our streets and in our Communities. Despite the fact that this epidemic has caused a growth in bereavement in families, friends, and communities, there are a lot of unanswered questions and lack of real outside support for the families of victims.
Let us face the hard facts, there are no handbooks or literature that prepares any family for the loss of a loved one, especially a mother. Relatively little is known about what families actually go through, the challenges they face on a day to day basis after the passing of (in this case) a child.
I personally have to find helpful sources after the passing of my son, to help me along the way. To this day I am faced with some hard challenges for example, doing everyday chores. I find myself hating to go in the kitchen, I’ve rarely cooked from the day my son was taken away from me.
This is why I chose to embrace blogging to write about my own experiences - to help others go through their grief and pain. I thought of how best to assist them during the grieving process, hence my blog.
No one should go through this process on their own, as it can slowly kill you, physically, mentally, emotionally or all three. If you have no self-will, you can die.
You have to try and draw strength from positive thoughts/memories of your loved one, support groups,positive people (and move away from those who drain your energy).
My story is designed to help those who are bereaved by violent crimes more so, knife crimes. To help young people especially to understand the effect it has on the family members and community, and to let government bodies know, it is not acceptable to treat family members or communities as a statistical quote. We are all important, whatever our background, circumstances, faith or culture.
We are people, we breathe the same air, and have blood running through our veins.
I hope to share my experiences and how I’ve been coping during this bereavement journey.
By Jennifer Beckford
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