The following is a gift from Harold Ivan Smith, noted writer, teacher, storyteller and grief expert. It is reprinted here with his permission. Especially over the holidays, you may wish to copy, paste and print it, fill it in and share it with anyone who needs help in understanding and accepting where you are at this point in your grief journey.
is hereby entitled to publicly acknowledge his or her loss, mourn openly,
to share narratives of the loss, and to recruit social support in his or her own way and time,
without apology or embarrassment during this holiday season.
Tears, memories, silence, uncertainty, and strong emotions are hereby enfranchised.
Please treat this griever with kindness, compassion, and love.
Signed this _____ day of __________, in the year _____.
Text © by Harold Ivan Smith and reprinted with permission
Illustration © by Kara LC Jones and used with permission