As she was preparing to return to her military base for additional training, she stopped to say goodbye to her grandmother, who is 97.5 years old. As they hugged through tear-filled eyes and large sobs, her grandmother said to her, “When you return home again, I will be watching you from heaven. Do not give up on Jesus because he doesn’t give up on you.” The last memory of her grandmother as she was leaving, was of her watching and waving to her as she walked down the hallway.
It is so hard to say goodbye for long lengths of time, because of the love and close ties that have been nurtured and developed between friends and loved ones. As my mother experienced, so did I, that same day when my daughter was boarding the plane. Emotions cascaded through me from extreme sadness, loss, and fear, to transformations of being proud and uplifted.
The same feelings are mirrored by all of us to one degree or another. So, how do we cope with these feelings? Here are a few examples of how I have developed these skills.
Please keep our Armed Forces, police, firefighters, and all their families in your thoughts and prayers!