This summer, Lexi and I traveled to one of our camps in Pennsylvania. As we walked together to meet the campers, we came over a rise, and then stood on the edge of a large field and saw hundreds of kids playing. In that moment, I was overwhelmed by the thought that every single one of those kids is like Lexi and Elyse -- they've all suffered a loss.
I watched as Lex connected to the campers, and I admired the love they brought to each other. At the final campfire, as each camper and counselor stood up to light a candle and speak about the person they lost, I thought about Amy, my mother and father, my best friend John, and my niece, Susan, as well as my girls. I watched as camper after camper spoke, each from the heart in very moving ways, and then I saw a community literally build before my eyes as they hugged and comforted each other.
Alone we Stand Together.
In the end, to endure we need to meet the loss with love, in every moment. The love of playing games, the love of friends, new and old, and the love we have for those we lost who we hold so dear.
Together, Love Endures.
Please give to honor the love.
- Jeff, Lexi & Elyse