Grief support comes from strangers, too

harry potter tour note from a stranger

I loved the Harry Potter Tour in London. But once they opened the doors to the studio, my heart was flooded by a tsunami of emotions as I reflected on how much Charles Rogers would have loved this tour. The tears refused to be held back but it was dark so I thought it was enough to hide my grief. Sometimes the grief just ambushes me like a punch to the heart.

I found a seat in the crowd and as I was struggling to pull it together, a concerned Warner Brothers staff member came up to me and asked if I was OK.

I admitted I was having a hard time because I had just lost my son in June and it had hit me how much he would have loved the Harry Potter tour. Her response was so very thoughtful and later she found me and handed me this note and said that she had just suffered a loss in her own family.

I have to say as hard as this journey has been, and it has been utterly brutal, there are moments of kindness that are simply unsurpassed and give you faith in the human race.

Thank you to the blonde female staff member at #WBTourLondon for that random act of kindness. You went above and beyond.

#grief #WBTourLondon

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

2 thoughts on “Grief support comes from strangers, too”

  1. Wow this is amazing! I find strangers give gift like this to those of us who have suffered losses at a time when we need them most. How wonderful that she was there for you. Thanks for sharing Anne.

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