I first just want to say thank you. So many of you shared your prayers and love the past week after learning I found my best friend, maid of honor, classmate and GaBBY and Michael's godmother dead in her home after a battle with COVID-19.
I was so excited about a new year and fresh start from what will be considered one of the most challenging years in our lifetime: 2020. Tameka's passing blindsided and sucker punched me and all who loved her.
The pain of my loss is overwhelming at times. Helping GaBBY and Michael deal with what happened and heal is even more challenging. They are doing well -- expressing their feelings, shedding tears, sharing memories and laughing about good times we all shared.
The question now is how do we move forward? How do we parent through the pain? The answers: slowly and with granting ourselves grace. I'm first making it a priority to heal properly for my wellness, then so I can be who I need to be for my family. I started counseling sessions and enrolled in a grief support group through my church.
Gratefulness for the rare and precious 37-year friendship Tameka and I shared is starting to overcome the questions and anger, and I pray that continues.
Have you had to parent through pain? How did you do it?