Holding on to HOPE
"Even though my heart was broken when my brother died, the butterfly means that it won't always hurt so bad." 8 year old
About Holding on to HOPE
When someone we love dies, we hurt. We feel many thingssadness, anger, confusion, loneliness. Even if we are relieved that they are no longer suffering, we still miss them.
In the days and months that immediately follow the death, the pain can be intense. We are aware that things are never going to be the same again. We search for meaning—in the life of the person who died and in their death.
And we remember them. Even though the person has died, the relationship doesn't die. It continues on in memories. Remembering can bring us joy but also, sometimes, can intensify the pain of missing them.
Although it can seem as if the intense pain we feel, the gnawing emptiness, will never go away, it can ease over time. Grief lasts a lifetimewe will miss them foreverbut there is hope.
In those times that it hurts the most, we can hold on to the hope that "it won't always hurt so bad."
Holding on to HOPE was created in connection with Children's Grief Awareness Day to help raise awareness of the need for support of children grieving the death of a loved one and to let these children know they are not alone.
HOPE the butterfly
HOPE the Butterfly was created to spread this message of hope to grieving children across the world that "it won't always hurt so bad."
No one can just take away a child's grief. No one can bring back the person who has died. But we can show grieving children that they're not alone. We can show them we care. We can show them we're there for them.
Grieving children can hold on to our support, our care. Grieving children can hold on to hopethe hope that it won't always hurt so bad.
How you can help
Here's one way you can helpyou can hold on to HOPE and show grieving
children "I care and I am here."
Print out a paper version of HOPE the Butterfly and have a picture taken of you and HOPE. Then share your picture online with grieving kids throughout the worldlet these kids see that it's possible to Hold on to HOPE. (For details on how to upload your photo, see "Instructions for Uploading HOPE.")
By November 21 (which is Children's Grief Awareness Day in 2013), the goal is to have as many pictures of as many different people in as many different places as possible "Holding on to HOPE" as a message to grieving children everywhere that they are not alone. Please add your voiceand your phototo this message of HOPE.
And you can continue to spread HOPE beyond that. Pass it onshare HOPE with your friends and family by sending HOPE to them as well. You can send HOPE either electronically or in a paper version, whatever is easier for you, and let them know what "Holding on to HOPE" is all about.
To pass HOPE on electronically, share this linkHOPE the Butterflythrough email, Facebook, Twitter or any other place you connect with friends. The more people who know about HOPE, the more HOPE can find its way into the lives of grieving children.
Follow HOPE as it travels the nation and the world
Anyone can watch HOPE's progress from person to person and community to community. View the map on our Flickr page that charts HOPE's journey and see where HOPE has been found throughout the world.