As you may have noticed elsewhere on this blog or on my website, I am preparing to start delivering training on being a companion of grief. That means, helping those around us who are living with loss; being a friend and support to them as they walk this difficult journey.
Yesterday I saw an illustration of what being a grief companion is about.
Think about the struggle, with your legs quivering under you, just wondering if you’re going to make it through the most difficult time of your life. And then someone comes along…
WATCH HERE (external link – I hope it works)
This is the moment a London Marathon runner shows amazing sportsmanship and helps a fellow competitor over the finish line at the end of Sunday’s race. Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees sees David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners struggling to put one foot in front of the other with just 200m of the course remaining. Showing incredible selflessness, Rees slows down and supports Wyeth over the final metres to the finish. [The Guardian]
David still had to make his own journey to the finish line, but having Matthew and another volunteer at his side is what helped make that possible. Would he have done it alone?
We each have our own journey on the marathon of grief, but having a friend or even a complete stranger stand beside us, even for just a few minutes, can make such a big difference.
And that’s what grief companioning is all about.
PS. There are a few updates on other pages on this site. Latest news about the retreats I am leading around the UK can be found here.