Invitation to join our community writing project.
If you are reading this blog, you areÂ invited to join the writing project. Â Even if we have never met in person, the fact that you care enough to read about our family makes you an important part of our community. xoxo. Â nora
Why a community writing project?
The loss of my dear Ayrie has been devastating. Â I am at the edge of a very dark and seeminglyÂ endlessÂ abyss filled with pain and despair that I fear I will descend into at any moment. Â What has kept me from falling over that edge in the past few weeks is the memory of Ayrie’s shiningÂ presence; my commitment to living the same beautiful life that he taught us to live while he was with us (for both mine and Shiya’s sake); and the support of the powerful community that has been created around us and with us over the past four years.
Ayrie did not run from what was hard. Â He didn’t cry when it was time to have surgery, but rather donned a crown and declared himself “King of the OR”. Â So rather than shy away from painful reminders of my loss, I hope our collective written reflections and will help us uncover the joy and wisdom that Ayrie brought into our lives. Â We may even find that there are lessons to be published and shared beyond our community.
So I have redesigned my participatory evaluation class to create this unique community writing project titled: A community based participatory evaluation of the impact of the loss of a child on a community. I invite you to take this reflective journey with me.