12 • They do respond with supportive, sympathetic statements such as: “I’m sorry.” “How can I help?” “What can I do?” “This must be very painful.” “Tell me more.” Prayers Loving God, I ask you to do Your work of love in my life and to heal my broken heart. Be with me day by day and give me strength for living and grant me comfort for my distress. Gracious God, Help me to truly believe that it is Your fervent will and deep desire that I be whole again. Help me to know that I will not always be in the darkness but that soon I will once again walk in the light. Empower me to trust You for my healing and recovery from grief. Gracious and Loving God, I am not strong enough to deal with this pain, I am not wise enough to know what to do, I am not courageous enough to keep going on; but You have the strength, wisdom and courage I need. So, I trust You to guide me and strengthen me day by day.
WHERE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL HELP 13 The following are some national organizations which provide information and may offer local self-help support groups. If you have access to the internet, many of these organizations also have web sites which you can find by searching under their name. AARP 601 E. Street NW Washington, DC 20049 (888) OUR-AARP (687-2277) www.aarp.org The Compassionate Friends* P.O. Box 3696 Oak Brook, IL 60522 (877) 969-0010 www.compassionatefriends.org * This is a national self-help support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child from any cause at any age. Hospice Foundation of America 1710 Rhode Island Ave, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 457-5811 or (800) 854-3402 www.hospicefoundation.org