Comforting Those Who Mourn




Journey of the Bereaved

We move through life as caterpillars, often with not much self-awareness regarding what’s going on inside or around us, with regards to death and grief. Then when we experience a death…


Suddenly, we are thrust into the darkness that acts much like the chrysalis of a caterpillar—where an unexpected and radical transformation takes place of everything we ever knew before. Life is never the same. After a death, our inside world no longer matches our outside world, no matter how much we try to reconcile the two and make life go back to the way it was.

Mourning is a season of metamorphosis. The struggle produces the growth and eventual transformation of the beautiful butterfly. That passage is much easier when we have others to travel alongside us. Realistically, the majority of people are not equipped for the journey—though they mean well and have the best of intentions.


“That’s where The Children’s Park of Tyler comes in.”


We are trained adults, experienced in grief, who come alongside and hold space for people who are grieving as we address the 6 Needs of Mourning. We are companions, walking alongside the grieving and listening with our hearts. We are present in the midst of someone else’s pain, and we bear witness to the struggle of another, respecting the disorder and confusion and having compassionate curiosity. Along the way, we teach about wellness and self-care, so people know how to be gentle and compassionate with themselves in this place.


It’s a long and difficult journey. And we are honored to be invited onto the path.


Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
–Matthew 5:4