"Companioning" The Bereaved

Companioning is about walking alongside; it is not about leading.

Companioning is about being still;

 it is not about frantic movement.

Companioning is about discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling every painful moment with talk.

Companioning is about listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.

Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggle of others; it is not about judging or directing those struggles.

 

Companioning is about being present to another person's pain; it is not about taking away or relieving the pain.

 

Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out. 

- Dr. Alan Wolfelt

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