I’m the founder and executive director of Love Not Lost, a nonprofit on a mission to revolutionize the way we heal in grief. I just gave a TEDx Talk ‘How We Heal In Grief’ and know we have all faced loss this year. Grief is hard. I’m here to creat...
I’m Ashley Jones, and I lost my daughter to a terminal illness in 2011. I was lost in my grief - struggling to find guidance and tangible tools to help me heal. One of the things that helped me were the photos I had of Skylar (our daughter) and of my husband and I with her.
Those photos created a physical safe space to grieve however I needed to grieve (ugly crying, talking to her, just sitting still, etc) without any judgement or expectation. I had the freedom to be and permission to feel when I sat and held those photos. They also gave me a way to hold her when she wasn’t here to hold.
This led me to want to do that for others, so I started [Love Not Lost ](www.lovenotlost.org) . We have expanded beyond providing professional portrait sessions to those facing a terminal diagnosis to include offering free support tools like HowCanILoveYouBetter.com. We will be launching a grief and empathy course in 2021 for corporate leaders to bring a culture of caring to the workplace.
I gave aTEDx Talk in November and want to normalize grief and help people heal. We all go through it, and it’s about time we had some better education and support for everyone involved.
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