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We would like to share with you the work Companions on a Journey Grief Support (COJ) has accomplished. This past year, COJ has assisted over 4,000 bereaved persons in our community by providing ongoing grief support through meetings in schools, churches, businesses and other locations. Our work knows few limits. We serve children as young as 4 years old and work with those who are bereaved into adulthood. Our services are provided in schools, churches, businesses and other locations within the community. Our bereaved come from many places of grief including death, deportation and abandonment. This year alone, our direct work impacted the lives of more than 600 children and teens, in 30 schools per month, providing both ongoing and Crisis Response support. We have served ~150 adults through 10 adult grief specific support groups, assisting families to create a new family balance. COJ also offers Suicide prevention and Awareness Training, QPR training and Grief Work Training.
We have worked with Liz and her three children: LillyMae, Zoey and Ever over the past two years. Here is her story.
April 30, 2016 was a day full of celebration. We celebrated our son turning one and we celebrated our closest friends soon moving to take on a new adventure. When we finally got into bed I fell asleep on my best friend’s chest; content, peaceful and a beloved wife. It was a beautiful way to usher in the tragedy that was just hours away.
On May 1st Jordan woke up to head out to work. The work he loved and would do even if he didn’t get paid. He loved the Cincinnati Fire Department, the men and women he worked with, the tasks he was called and trained to do, and the people he served. That morning was different than others. Instead of getting up to give him a kiss I stayed in bed, I reached out and held his hand, looked at him, and said “Have fun at work Hun. Thank you for working hard for our family.” …. DONE …. That was the last time I would touch him, see him, speak to him, breathe him in on this side of eternity. From that point on, he had about 30 minutes left to live life fully here on earth.
Two hours from that moment, I would be interrupted from nursing our son Ever with a knock on my door from Jordan’s Lieutenant. Jordan had been killed on his way to work. Two and a half hours from that point I would have to tell LillyMae and Zoey that their earthly protector and provider died and was with Jesus.
Death is ugly, it’s painful and cruel, especially when you see what it does to a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old. Death is unfair and unkind when you see your baby searching to find his Daddy in every man that passes, only to be disappointed and dig his head into your shoulder. As a mother and wife there is nothing more tragic than what happened on May 1st. That earthly protection and provision that the kids and I rested in and on was now gone, all that he took on was now ALL on me. …. My biggest fear had happened.
My continued faith and relationship with Christ has shown me that He is never ending, never giving up, always and forever loving. God would use Companions on a Journey to help us pursue the truth of what has happened in our lives and what can still happen. Through the friends and companions, we have met we have been able to find life, even to the point we can now invite others dealing with the pain of grief to do the same. Companions on a Journey is a true picture of how God will not leave us and will provide a sweet salve to our wounds.
COJ services are offered to the bereaved at no cost. Ongoing support and life balance are provided for the bereaved in families, schools, businesses and organizations, with faith, hope and love; one child, one teen, one adult, one family at a time.
Companions on a Journey is funded by the generosity of private donors
We humbly request your prayerful consideration to be a Companion of Hope
Donations can be made by check or online
Return the enclosed form with your donation and return in the envelope provided to 8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite #002, West Chester, Ohio 45069
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