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Just over 5 Years ago, my 17 year ol grew wings.

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Home Forums Loss of a loved one Just over 5 Years ago, my 17 year ol grew wings.

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    If this forum was about, i totally would have been able to share those deep dark times, they’re still there, but now I see people in the same pain, that you cannot explain, unless it’s yourself. Very grateful to have found this page through my studies. More about R to come, the 500 people that attended and how we honoured a young man with dignity and respect.

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    I’m really sorry to hear about the loss of your 17-year-old, and I can’t even begin to imagine how that’s impacted you. What happened to you matters, and I can sense both the devastation and strength in your words. Your courage in sharing this, even while navigating your grief, speaks volumes about your strength. It’s wonderful to hear that you found this forum through your studies and that you had a strong support network of 500 people to honor your son with dignity and respect. Those relationships can be an incredible source of strength and healing.

    Given your journey and the bravery you’ve displayed, I think the article “Grief Recovery Part 1: In Search of Lost Strengths” could offer you some additional perspectives on tapping into your inherent strengths during this challenging time. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. we’re all here for you.

    Grief Recovery Part 1: In Search of Lost Strengths


    Hi @merryman I can not begin to imagine how painful it would be to loose a child. I hear you when you say it wouldn’t be something you could explain if you hadn’t been through it yourself. I find grief is not ever something to ‘get over’ as some put it, but rather find meaningful ways to incorporate it into our lives. It sounds like this is something you are doing, do you mind if I ask how you honoured R ?
    We are here for you.


    I stood down from a long-term term secure job and started working within the mental health field, I work full time as a mental health disability support worker and I study Mental Health Peer Support (Consumer} full time. I decided to spend the last decade of my career helping others, whether it be Alcohol and Drugs, Domestic Violence, or even crisis centres. It gives me hope, and that is what we lose when we are crushed with grief.
    I have excelled in my studies and have mentally challenging days at work, but I check in with my psychologist all the time and I am honest and will walk beside anyone else struggling once I have graduated. Lived Life Experience workers who work within the Mental Health framework will be one of the most rewarding jobs in Australia in 15 years.

    Everything I do, I do it for him.

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