The words of TCF’s Founder, Simon Stephens, resonate with those who have come to The Compassionate Friends hoping to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty. Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.
In this picture Katie Dahl, Co Founder of The Emily Dahl Foundation is with Kelli Rose.
Katie Stated: “Kelli is a bundle of joy and energy. The Emily Dahl Foundation is proud to support the TCF group. Last year the EDF donated $500 and this year $1000. The Emily Dahl Foundation continues to grow and we expect to give grants and donations of over $10,000 this year to other causes. In addition, the Emily Dahl Foundation though the Dahl Family runs events like the most recent one where the author of “The Shack” spoke in Vernon BC with Emily’s Father.
This years talk at Whatsan retreat by Sherman Dahl of the Emily Dahl Foundation encouraged all to consider themselves and any loved ones that have passed like a cloud that can never die. The practice that the Emily Dahl Foundation points to is just this:
When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. So you can recognize your cloud in his or her new forms. If you are very fond of a beautiful cloud and if your cloud is no longer there, you should not be sad. Your beloved cloud might have become the rain, calling on you, ‘my loved one, my loved one, don’t you see me in my new form?’ And then you will not be stuck with grief and despair. Your loved one continues always. Meditation helps you recognize his or her continued presence in new forms. A cloud can never die. A cloud can become snow, or hail …or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with Emily and it is true of all loved ones. In Emily’s life she expressed herself through speech, action and thoughts that carry on in all of us. She has not died. She is continued in many new forms. And you can look deeply and recognize her in you and around you. All of us can practice in this way with loved ones that have passed.
The Emily Dahl Foundation September 19 ,2021