Whatever your vantage point, stop and look around. This person may be currently grieving, that person may be about to be levelled by loss, that person may finally be coming up for air. You each have a unique, individual grief story, and yet you, me — all of us — we all share the language of grief and loss that is part of our human experience.
Arguably one of the most beautiful, poetic descriptions of what we can hope for, both for ourselves and our loved ones who have died, is the verse from 1 Corinthians: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what things God has prepared for those that love Him.”
No matter what loss you’re grieving, we don’t want you to be alone. Ever. But the truth is that many people are alone with their grief. There are myriad reasons for this reality, and one of the most painful is because a loss isn’t seen by many, or if it is, it’s far too devastating for most people to acknowledge.
Article Introduces Team to Crawford County Residents and Shares Mission to Help Survivors of Suicide and Overdose Loss, Need for Volunteers
Bucyrus, Ohio (September 1, 2022) - Cornerstone of Hope's Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Response Team was featured in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, a local newspaper serving the Crawford County, Ohio area. Crawford county is one of four counties served by the Team.
In the weeks and months that followed 9/11, we shared with our church family, our friends, and colleagues the news of Becky’s tragic passing. Our church family kept saying how “strong” we were during this trial. We didn’t feel strong at all; I give God all the glory for any strength others observed in us. He was truly our rock and our fortress through this dark time in our lives.
A loved one dies, and so many blocks come crashing down. Plans crash. Dreams crash. A future comes to an end. The pain of our losses is shattering; our broken hearts don’t quite know how to mend. On our walk of faith, our spiritual journey, it’s precisely amidst the shambles that God can work most powerfully.
July 11-15, 2022, Cornerstone of Hope in Independence, Ohio was filled with the chatter and excitement of 77 campers who attended Camp Cornerstone. Many enjoyed the travel theme and the field trips to Play: CLE, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Lakewood Park, and Emerald Marina. The children also participated in various small group activities, such as arts & crafts, yoga, team building games, and much more. The last day ended with a balloon release for the children and their families as a way to remember their loved ones.
There are so many situations in our lives where we withdraw from or exclude what makes us uncomfortable and confused, whether it is our own grief or another’s. How important it is though, for us to be present to the situation or the suffering, even if we are helpless to do anything else.
Article Highlights Importance of Grief Camps for Children
COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 17, 2022) -Cornerstone of Hope's Camp Memory was featured on Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH-TV online at NBC4i.com. The feature includes interviews with Camp Director, JoAnn Borer and camp attendee, Keystin Barnhart, and Emerson Woodworth.