Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tell Me Again!
I interviewed Lynn Foster this morning. Her son, Matt, died ten years ago.
She talked about the importance of sharing our memories with the family after a loss. "Even if I've heard the story before", Lynn said, "I want to hear it again."
She has moved on and accomplished a great deal since Matt's death. She's a talented artist. She's writing a book. She also sits on the board of Compassionate Friends, a group for parents who have lost a child.
Still, she finds comfort in hearing, one more time, about the time her popular-senior-Matt took a scared, young freshman under his wing at a party.
She adds, "It's nice when you think of something the person did, but it's wonderful to share it with the family. If you have something good to say, that family needs to hear it."
A year later or ten years later, it's never too late. Did you tell them that story already? It doesn't matter.
They want to hear it again.