"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born; a time to die; a time to plant; a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to break down, a time to build up; a time to weep, a time to laugh; a time to mourn, a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, a time to lose; a time to hold on, a time to let go; a time to rend, a time to mend; a time to keep silence, a time to speak." Ecclesiastes
These words convey not anguish or joy, but quiet resignation and acceptance of the way things are in this world.
There is no joy without sorrow, no building up without breaking down, no holding tight without letting go. Steady and reassuring in their rhythm, these words tell us that others have walked this path before us.
What does it mean to cast away stones, to gather stones together? Sometimes we are weighed down by feelings of remorse and anger when we think of those we loved. We may blame ourselves for words we didn't say or actions we didn't take. Casting away our stones means forgiving ourselves for all we did or did not do and forgiving our loved ones for all they were or were not.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Our purpose is to do the work of mourners; to walk the path from raw and painful grief to something quieter, gentler, and easier to bear.
Red Bird Center provides:
Groups for Bereaved: Parents, Spouses, Young Adults, Suicide Survivors
Red Bird Center facilitators have been called on to assist in community crises. We are there when a community is mourning the loss of a child or parent or co-worker.
We have counseled: groups of school children, teachers, administrators and parents. We have helped businesses, trained hospital social workers, as well as lay ministers at various Churches.
Many who come to our Center do not have the financial ability to pay. We do not turn anyone away. We need your help to continue our work and to expand our services.
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Red Bird Center
6300 West Loop South, Suite 240
Bellaire, TX 77401