My name is Rachel Howard and I am a 17 year old teenage girl. My main purpose of writing informally was to make you all feel a little bit more comfortable with me. Obviously I'm not a doctor specialized in grief and psychology. Nonetheless, I do offer a different perspective with grief as I have experienced it since my dad passed away when I was 8 years old.
When you lose a loved one, it may feel very difficult to talk to people; I know that I felt that way. I didn't think that anyone really understood my situation. While I could always talk to my mom, I realized that my mom and I had two different experiences with grief. My mom lost her husband; I lost my dad. These are two completely different feelings. While I was fortunate to have my mom, there was never a specific person who really understood what I was going through after my dad's passing.
Not many kids lose their dad. Not many 8 year olds lose their dad. Not many 8 year old girls lose their dad and are now in high school and are realizing there are so many important events that are coming up that their dad will not be physically a part of. However, there are some people out there who do have a very similar story to me. Luckily, it just takes a few answers on an internet survey for me to find them.
I hope by my creation of this website, I can put people together that have had similar stories so that they can have someone to talk to that really understands them. Hopefully, they will be able to find a friend in this, or even just someone to have a quick conversation with. Either way, I hope that whoever takes part in my survey will finally have a person who actually understands their story, as closely as possible.
All I want is for someone, anyone who looks at my website, to have another helpful outlet in their grief, and maybe even make a friend out of this. Thank you if you've already read this far into my story. I really do love you all and I hope this can help you on your journey with grief.
If there is anything about this website that you think needs to be altered or added or deleted, please do not hesitate to send me a message. I am not a trained professional. Not everything I say may be right, it really is all opinions and experiences that I have personally had. There may be some things I write that may not apply to you. Please send me an email so I can try to make this website as representative to everyone as possible. I don't know many people who have lost someone, so I really did try to be as broad, but still somewhat narrow as possible, if that makes sense.