New Hope is a not for-profit-group in Vernon that was founded by my sister Grace after she suffered the loss of her husband (my brother-in-law) Andy some 15 years ago. Not one to back away from a challenge, she faced and formed her ‘new normal’ head on and New Hope has helped hundreds of windows and widowers (and their families) over the years. Now remarried to a fantastic guy Steve, it is a great example of honouring your past and also not giving up on the future…far from it.
Remember ‘giving is a part of grieving’? There’s a lot of that in Grace. You can check out more from New Hope here. I was on their site tonight and they had the poem from Robert Frost called ‘Lodged’ on the home page. It is similar to Invictus in some regards and when I researched Frost’s personal life I understood why. Wow. He had a lot of reasons to be bitter, questioning and angry. Instead there appears to be a quiet resolve to persevere and explore the future as the Captain of his soul. This is ‘Lodged’ by Robert Frost.
The rain to the wind said, 'You push and I'll pelt.' They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged--though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.