Today we are going to the funeral of one of our service users. In the ten years that I have been involved in this kind of work I have been to far too many of these. As with any other funeral it is a time to reflect on the good memories we have, which really helps us to forget about the challenges people face and ensure we bring their humanity to the fore.
The guy whose funeral it is today was a fantastic story teller; and he had some great stories. What I’ll remember about him is the way in which he always told his tales in such hushed tones that you had to lean in to hear him properly, it created fantastic anticipation for what you were about to hear…
The other side to this for us is how the other people we support cope with the death of a friend. For many it is a double edged sword, not only is there the grief of a lost friend to deal with but also the reminder of how fragile their own life could be. We aim to use this fragility as a way to power motivation to change, but sometimes it pushes people deeper into their feelings of hopelessness.
That’s why we can never lose hope!