To the editor,
Just recently the Cumberland branch of Mothers Of Angels gathered to discuss the future direction of the group in order to better meet the needs of mothers already associated and also the moms who feel
they are not yet ready to gather with other grieving moms or would rather participate in a different way. After much sharing it was decided to end our present affiliation with the provincial Mothers Of Angels Association and continue in a much simpler and more county community-based manner.
In place of regular monthly meetings which definitely did not appear to meet needs and perhaps put personal
pressure upon some mothers who felt they should share but were not ready, gatherings will be held from time to time and will lean more towards having a social time which will also allow for any personal sharing if needed.
Coffee, dessert, lunch, special event, or garden gatherings, as well as Facebook interacting will be the formats for connecting mothers who have lost a child or children. Comfort bags which had been made and filled with a number of little items hopefully able to provide a small piece of comfort and given out to as many newly grieving moms as could be located will now be left with
the various funeral homes in the county so as to guarantee distribution as with steeper privacy policies it was becoming much more difficult to locate families grieving the loss of a child. Each bag will contain contact information where one can talk with another
mom who has journeyed the grieving path and other resources will be able to be made upon request.
Families will also learn of the Memory Garden which lies beautifully in Christie Park in Amherst and is there
for anyone who needs a spot of solace, quiet or a heartlift. We never want a mom to feel she is alone in her grief. And we especially want to let moms know there is another mother who has already traveled the
road of deep loss and can understand and share the hurt. Grief as I have stated before has no end date. Losing a child is a complete wrenching of body, mind and soul. Reaching out in compassion and understanding is the most helpful tool such a group has and it is our hope this new direction of Mothers Of Angels will extend outreach
more effectively. Please ring Marilyn Williams at 661-3183, FB or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any needs, questions or referrals.