A fun and safe place for grieving children.

An Open Letter from Comfort Zone Camp to Sheryl Sandberg:

Dear Sheryl,                                      

 

This past year, you have acknowledged your grief, expressed emotions, remembered your love, and shared your story. You have become a role model -- having shared your grief with others. As an organization that works on behalf of grieving children every day, we want to say thank you. Many of us have followed as you have written about your relationship with grief. By being open in public forums about your feelings, you have created permission for others to express their relationship with grief.

 

Your public posts on Facebook have offered a blueprint for others on how to talk about grief, and why it is critically important to acknowledge grief. The only way for us to organize our thoughts when we are grieving is to physically organize them. You have done this beautifully for the world.

 

• “Don’t be afraid to talk about it.” In fact, in working with children and grief, we’ve learned that awareness is the first step to moving forward, and to healing and growing in healthy ways.
• “Expressing your feelings is cathartic.” Feel free to feel. Children, especially, feel alone after a death, and often do not want to talk about feelings because they feel that will disrupt the family even more. Teaching children that it’s good to talk is really important.
• “Resiliency can be learned.” This is true. Resiliency often comes through connections. These connections can be with family, but can also be through community and peer interaction. Strong connections foster a sense of safety and security both physically and emotionally. 
• “Sharing is different for everyone.” Creativity is key. We are all creative in our own way. We share verbally, through art, and many other means of expression as we experience life.

 

Because life and death are so complex we can easily become discouraged about “how we are doing.” This is why it is so important to realize we are not alone. Hence the importance of living role models. Many role models are not aware they are being role models. They are responding to their experiences in an authentic way. We see them as role models because we want to emulate the strengths we see in them. Thanks, Sheryl, for being a role model for so many who are experiencing grief.

 

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