During the last few weeks gun violence has been in the headlines and all over social media. We all experience loss during our lifetime, no one is spared, but losing a child is a traumatic experience made even more so when you lose a child to gun violence. The mothers of Journey 4ward know what each of these families are feeling and what they are about to experience as their lives move forward. It is something that no one ever should experience. It is a pain that never goes away, a wound that never heals. It is the unimaginable; no one could ever explain the hurt you feel or the emptiness you feel.
The many mothers of Journey 4ward know all too well what it’s like to struggle everyday just to get through the day. It has been said that when a parent or grandparent dies you lose your past, but when your child dies, you lose your future. No matter what anyone says about “time healing all wounds” the truth is that there are certain wounds that can never be healed. Life is never the same after losing a child to gun violence. Journey 4ward walks this journey of grief with each mother; together we prepare ourselves and support one another in this journey. Having the support of someone who has walked the path ahead of you gives encouragement as does knowing that you are not alone even though at times you feel no one can ever understand. With Journey 4ward, there is another mother with you who does.
Journey 4ward hopes that you will consider making a donation which will allow us to take each mother to the Circle of Mothers event in Florida that is held by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Connecting with other mothers that have lost their own children to gun violence helps these women continue to find hope, strength and healing. The mothers of Journey 4ward will take away from this conference strength and hope and lots of understanding that they did not come with.
In the blink of an eye it could be you. Love with all your heart and never take life for granted. You never know when you won’t have the chance to again.