There was a time, not that long ago, when grieving was something public. People wore black armbands or dressed entirely in black to signify that they had lost someone close to them. Those around them knew, and understood. No words were needed.
Today, however, grief has become something private—and largely invisible. All around us, there are people who are carrying the pain of serious losses. We want to offer them support and sympathy …but we have no way of knowing what they are going through.
The Grieving Pin is an attempt to meet that need today, and to recognize that the grieving process is very different for each person … it isn’t just a day, a week, a month or a year. No “grieving period” respects the needs of each broken heart.
On a day when ordinary tasks may perhaps be difficult, this pin invites compassion, patience and understanding as an individual walks the difficult path of grieving.