Event Theme: Grief

Question: Can we recover from grief or can we only hope to manage it?

Excerpts from suggested readings:

Everything Doesn’t Happen For A Reason

The Writings of Tim Lawrence

From: The Writings of Tim Lawrence

Let me be crystal clear: if you’ve faced a tragedy and someone tells you in any way, shape or form that your tragedy was meant to be, that it happened for a reason, that it will make you a better person, or that taking responsibility for it will fix it, you have every right to remove them from your life.

Grief is brutally painful. Grief does not only occur when someone dies. When relationships fall apart, you grieve. When opportunities are shattered, you grieve. When dreams die, you grieve. When illnesses wreck you, you grieve.

So I’m going to repeat a few words I’ve uttered countless times; words so powerful and honest they tear at the hubris of every jackass who participates in the debasing of the grieving:

Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.

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How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do


Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do the wrong thing, they choose to do nothing at all. Doing nothing at all is certainly an option, but it’s not often a good one.

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Event Location: New Peking Restaurant, 540 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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