Inspirations by Frances Durisseau
Our area is dealing in unison with a great loss at present. The passing of the president of Texas City and La Marque’s chamber of commerce, Jimmy Hayley, has affected most everyone in our community, including other cities throughout the county, and many will be grieving his loss for some time.
The passing of a loved one unexpectedly and the bereavement that follows is one of the most intense processes anyone will ever go through. The first few weeks you are somewhat numb and in a fog. The support you receive seems to be limitless.
But, as time passes and life starts returning to normal for those less intensely involved, those who are hurting the most need love and support even more than they did at first. They often feel isolated and alone in their private mourning and those feelings can last for an extended time.
What they need most is someone to simply be there for them. Just your support and caring presence is enough, because there is nothing you can do to fix their feelings for them.
They say that grief is the price we pay for having loved. With Mr Hayley’s death, a huge community of people will be grieving and missing a great friend and leader.
But we especially need to remember and focus on those whose hearts and lives are completely shattered and will never be the same again.