We asked Healing Center client and volunteer Marshall to share with you the email he sent out to friends and family asking to support The Healing Center at this year’s May Day Walk. His email and link to his fundraising page is below. If you need assistance registering or setting up your page, please contact co-chair and volunteer, Mattie Bess at firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Healing Center (206) 523-1206. Thank you for sharing The Healing Center and making sure we are available to help the next grieving widow.
On Sunday, May 6th, I’m walking for The Healing Center, to honor Jill, Terri and Tom – people who’ve departed this life WAY too soon.
Jill knew all about The Healing Center (THC). Our first “date” was their 10th Anniversary Gala, back in 2010. She got to hear all about THC, meet friends I’ve met on this new, unanticipated adventure, while enjoying wine and dancing to oldies tunes. The next day she sent what was to become one of many pithy emails:
“Thank you for a great evening. I haven’t danced in many a moon and love how it lifts my spirits. Guess that’s what they invented dancing for, huh? Gotta tell you, for a hall full of grieving people, they sure know how to let loose! Fun and a first…”
That it would be the start of such an unexpected, incredible relationship, one that went farther and deeper than I ever thought I’d see again… who knew? Well, I think one person who knew… Jill was onto it long before I figured it out!
The Healing Center was central to it. Jill heard me witness to its significance and healing effects. She knew how important participation there is to me, giving back to a community that supports and nurtures people dealing with loss. She attended functions and probably realized that not only had it helped me move forward after Terri’s untimely passing, but it also gave me strength to risk connection in her life.
Tom McDonald and I hopped on bikes 32 years ago and pedaled to Seattle from Florida. He passed on at the end of March. Tom and his family have played an integral role in my life, years ago connecting Terri and me, then pointing me towards THC after her passing, which ultimately led to the first date with Jill, and starting this past “Year of Magical Living”. How lives intertwine!
We miss them all… This year I walk in honor of Jill, Terri and Tom. I invite you to join me, or sponsor me, in honoring them, as well as anyone significant to you. It’s going to be a celebration, (rain OR shine), and it goes to support the work of The Healing Center. I’d love it if you could join me, or if not, sponsor me. Click here to go to my fundraising page http://tinyurl.com/JTT2012.
Grief and loss, there’s a lot of it around… It makes THC shine even brighter.
What is The Healing Center? From the Healing Center’s Website (https://www.healingcenterseattle.org/):
The Healing Center’s goal is to support children, adults, and families as they come to terms with the death of a loved one. We offer a variety of services and a community of people. This is a place where bereaved people, adults, and children alike can stop for a little while, rest, be comforted, meet others who understand, and begin to move through their grief so that, ultimately, they can begin to make peace with death and rebuild their lives. The long-term goal is that each person will come to a place of peace and will find new meaning as they reinvest in life. We are a community of people who support each other.