As fans react to the tragic and untimely death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and their companions, many are reminded of the fact that any life can change in an instant, and when a celebrity is involved, millions can be affected.
When the heartbreak affects children, the impact is even more profound, and people want to help. It prompts many to pause and express their love to their own family and friends. It is an opportunity for parents to make sure that their children know that they will always be loved and that they are encouraged to follow their hopes and dreams, with or without them in their lives.
Author of the award-winning book “I Will Always Love You, A Journey from Grief and Loss to Hope and Love,” Melissa Lyons, believes that creating conditions that support the transition from grief into feelings that are higher on the emotional scale is critical.
“Storytelling, journaling, creative artwork, and physical activities are some very important outlets, but most of all, it’s important to talk,” says Lyons. “Open up the lines of communication by inviting the energy of the emotions to be heard. Make sure that children know that it’s ok to laugh and play. Help them understand that they are still loved. Encourage them to remember memories that make them feel good.”
After death, life is usually not the same. It can get worse, or it will get better. Some simple preparations, while you have the chance, can help your loved ones have the best chance of getting better in the event that they are faced with a tragedy of their own.
Lyons concludes: “Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words when faced with loss. Take a moment and watch a full reading of the book ‘I Will Always Love You’ with someone you love. Let them know today how much they mean to you.”
Best-selling author, Melissa Lyons, has helped thousands embrace fresh perspectives during times of struggle and devastating grief or loss. Her simple words offer deep and meaningful messages of hope and love for people as they move through their own healing.