You made us feel safe at such a terrible time

Dear Michele, I have found renewed strength after Saturday’s memorial for my dad, which I wasn’t expecting. I thought I was going to feel a big “down” crash and feel abandoned or alone after the ceremony, but it’s quite the opposite. Mom, my sister and I connected with those who came in a special way which is uplifting. And everyone has sent incredible emails with amazing comments about all aspects of the ceremony. I’m really glad we did it (I was dreading it the whole time leading up to it) and that we quite naturally made it reflect my Dad. It was so him. Thank you so much for all you did. Being and talking with you is a safe place for sure and we really appreciate your words and presence at the ceremony. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if we had done it on our own. Now, as a family, we have to consciously create ways/rituals to always remember Dad going forward. Especially for Mom. I can see that now that I have faced and witnessed death, like you, I will never be the same again. I do know that life will go on and the greatest gift I’ve been given through all of this is compassion for others in the same situation. I just had no idea before all of this. None. So that is a good thing.  — Name withheld