This week, on WITH WHIT, Ryan Manion joined me to discuss her inspiring journey with grief. Losing a family member or someone you love is the most devastating thing that can happen to a person. You are left with grief that you have absolutely no control over.
As some of you may know, I lost my dad to kidney cancer almost 5 years ago. It has been a traumatic and grief filled world for me for so many reasons. Simply put, he was my dad. He was the main man in my life for almost all of my life and really ruled at it. I miss him every single day. More recently, really since Sonny was born, I find myself missing him more and more. It’s unfortunate how such amazing times in ones life, like getting married or having a baby, can be colored with such darkness.
Wow. I cannot believe it has been 4 years since my Dad was here. I am not going to draw this out because my eyes are already swollen and red from crying 🙁 but I do want to take a moment in time to honor my dad and maybe even help some of you who are dealing with your own grief at the moment.
In honor or #GivingTuesday, I’d like to share a few thoughts and inform you about a really amazing Grief Support Center.
For as long as we have lived, the holidays have been a time spent with loved ones. When we think back to the best holidays and best memories, we think of our family and how they enriched those moments in our lives. However, for those of us who have lost loved ones it becomes harder and harder to celebrate such supposed joyous occasions. This has been one of the hardest times of year for me. Obviously, birthdays and Fathers Day hit hard but it is Thanksgiving into Hanukkah into Christmas into New Years that I anticipate anxiously. Sometimes I think, how do I celebrate my family if we aren’t ALL together. Holidays magnify this loss thus the need for support during this time may be your greatest. We can’t deny these feelings, push them deep down and pretend they don’t exist. That’s not healthy. We must lean into them and lean into support centers like The Benjamin Center. I specifically lost my father to Cancer, so if you are like me and have lost any member of your family to cancer, you must take advantage of ALL that The Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center offers. It is a free of charge program of emotional and psychological support for people with cancer and their families. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge. strengthened by action and sustained by community. My mom has been going for 3 years and has found such relief.
Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center — Cancer Support Community (CSC) offers free of charge services of for cancer patients and their families of group support, short-term counseling, over twenty healthy lifestyle classes per week (such as yoga, meditation and Pilates), educational workshops with world renowned physicians and complementary practitioners, social support and family programs . Founded in 1982 by Harriet and Harold Benjamin, Ph.D., Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community) has been an integral part of the Los Angeles cancer care community for over thirty years. CSC Benjamin Center is the founding organization, generating a national and international affiliate system of over 50 locations, which includes Gilda’s Clubs, named for Saturday Night Live comedian, Gilda Radner. Cancer Support Community provides services at its home location on Bundy and La Grange in West Los Angeles and also serves the greater Los Angeles area, extending from Malibu to Downtown to El Segundo and Sherman Oaks. CSC also serves the underserved Spanish-speaking population at two downtown hospitals, White Memorial and California Hospital. For more information about CSC Benjamin Center, call 310-314-2555 or visit www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org