Welcoming, safe, nurturing and loving. How could it be otherwise? I spent the day with people who felt exactly as I did, devastated and broken, searching for meaning and direction. An entire day of sharing stories, tears, fears, hopes – it was a cathartic experience, and I left feeling hopeful. That hope has been carried on throughout the years, reinforced and strong.
I love that the sole purpose of the day is to empower and equip people to heal. We all go through things in life and we can always use a little help in overcoming obstacles.
I recommend this program because it gives people an opportunity to connect to others that are also grieving. It is hard sometimes to find someone who “truly gets you.” Here people understand, listen without judgement and offer mutual support.
HTD has encouraged me to feel that it’s ok to be hopeful about the future, That my life does not end when I lose a loved one – that I can grow and love and learn and experience life in a whole new way and NOT feel guilty about it.
Honestly, Hold the Door has changed me for the positive. It has made me stronger and the greatest lesson that permeates myself and my life is that I am important. I have learned to respect and love myself, regardless of outward events or situations. The people who run this organization believe in everyone and they are so smart and genuine that they actually build confidence in others.
It made me realize we are not alone in suffering loss, and that if we reach out to others in our grief and mourning, we can honor and remember our lost loved ones, both individually and as a group.
It helped give me the courage to know that I am a good person and it is all right to be me. I was in the initial stages of the separation between my husband and me and it gave me strength. We have separated since then and it gave me the go ahead also to know that I am a good mother and it gave me bonding time with my son and we enjoyed the day together. It was an re-enforcement that this too shall pass and I know that everything is going to be alright and it has been a long and hard journey since then but it gave me the initial strength to do what I needed to do.
The people at Hold the Door are extraordinarily adept at helping others walk through their chaos, and helping them learn the navigation ropes for survival, in the process.
The connection we all had because of our individual loss. The compassion and caring of everyone. I feel it always helps to be in touch with someone who not only talks the talk but who is walking the walk.
Everyday, people are faced with stress, adversity, and loss. Some of these experiences are more traumatic than others, but they can all challenge our core beliefs about ourselves, our world, and our future1,2.
Whether you are experiencing this adversity yourself or you’re witnessing a friend or loved one cope, there is hope in the future. Research shows that when people perceive new doors opening and make the choice to move through them, even when other doors feel like they’re being slammed shut, they are engaging their adversity in ways that allow them to grow, improve their relationships, find strength, and feel more appreciation for life2,3.
One of the biggest contributors to well-being, and people feeling like doors are open for them, is support4. Hold the Door for Others provides resources for people coping with adversity to help them grow, and offers workshops for their friends and loved ones to better support them in their journey. The Hold the Door team created the OTHERS(S) framework that includes practical skills and serves as the foundation for our initiatives.
The experience of loss and adversity is one that people face regardless of income, and we work each year to make sure that our annual event and resources are free. If you’d like to make a difference in someone’s life who is coping with loss, consider Holding a Door open by sponsoring an attendee’s participation in our annual event. We hope to connect with you soon.