On April 8, 2007 my son was murdered. Marcus D Reid was 22 years old. A man full of love, life and laughter. He was a father, son, cousin, and friend. He danced, rapped and was a master at chess.
How does a parent cope with the sudden and tragic loss of her child? For the first three months I thought I would die too. Die of a broken heart, die from the pain in my heart at this deep loss, die from loving too much.
Five stages of grief and loss is what I had to acquaint myself with in order to cope with my new normal. Self care is a must. Learning about the Criminal Justice system gives me the clarity to understand how to strategize my next move.
Grief taught me how to live better. Forgiveness is what everyone expects of you; especially if you are a Christian. However, forgiveness isn't always immediate. Sometimes it comes with time.
Executive profiles – I am Candace Sims and I proudly wear a Professional Title of Bereavement Coach. It's who I am, it's what I do. Reaching for the stars sometimes start with a tough tragedy.