July is declared the month of the Bereaved Parents all over the world. Raising awareness over the grief and solitude of parents who have lost a child at some point, definitely does not heal the wounds. But acknowledging that their pains and suffering are real and hard to deal with, made this month a special time, dedicated to their souls.
It`s hard to write or talk about these situations, but I am most convinced that giving the parents the voice to speak about it and space to gather, united by the same pain, can be relieving to them. Many of them won`t find their whole peace again, but maybe talking to a group of parents who have been through the same pain can help sometimes.
Many bereaved parents don`t really expect to be understood, but they do expect that the ones around them respect their grief and validate their feelings that will be with them for the rest of their lives. The support groups allow them to freely express all their thoughts in front of other parents who are facing the exact same emptiness, anger, denial, or sadness.
While researching on the subject, I found this picture of an artwork, created by a Romanian artist – Albert György- living in Switzerland. The sculpture can be seen in Geneva in a small park on the promenade (Quai du Mont Blanc) along the shore of Lake Geneva.
It`s called “Melancolie” (e.g. Melancholy) and it perfectly depicts – not only through its name but also through its design – the emptiness, the void people feel when losing someone they love.
If you have any friends or acquaintances that have suffered the loss of a child, make sure they know that talking about how much they miss and love and suffer is listened to. 💗