I was a co-facilitator for the Good Mourning support group for children at Akron Children’s Hospital recently. I had the pleasure of meeting a bright 17-year-old young man named Ge’ Vanté Harmon who was grieving the loss of his mother.
For many children who have lost their moms, this Mother’s Day will be one of the most difficult days of the year. Ge’ Vanté lost his mother to diabetes in 2008. Since then, he has searched for different ways to come to terms with his mother’s death. It wasn’t until attending Good Mourning that he was able to learn valuable coping skills.
Ge’ Vanté has decided to celebrate his mother’s memory this year by writing poetry, watching video recordings and lighting candles in her memory.
When asked what advice he would give another child who is mourning the loss of a mother this Mother’s Day, he said, “I would tell them that this feeling you’re experiencing may feel unrealistic because you are not used to it. Even though she is not physically present, always remember that she’s with you and that she loves you very much.”
Ge’ Vanté believes that “God takes the very best,” and it is important for everyone who has lost a loved one to remember that.
Learn more about the Good Mourning program online or contact Nancy Carst at 330-543-3343.