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  Sharon is one of the largest valley-plains in all of Palestine. Back at the time of Solomon, it was considered a wild, fertile plain that had many beautiful flowers in it. Jesus is symbolically referred to as the rose of Sharon, because the rose is considered to be the most “perfect” of all flowers .Jesus is totally perfect in His nature and personality.

“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” (Solomon 2:1)
  Rose of Sharon Support Group
  Yvonne Tobler Kato 
SSOF Director of Extended Hands Support Ministry for Families of Homicide Victims

   Extended Hands Support Ministry 
for Families of Homicide Victims


                                                               


                                                                                      “Surviving the Death of a Love One"



On a Personal Note:

Death of a loved one can be very difficult to cope with, especially if it is completely sudden, as in the case of my son's death- a homicide. There is an array of  emotions that is often seen , ranging from anger, fear , confusion ,shock, anxiety, numbness, panic attacks etc. These are all normal reactions, and will make some days more difficult, dark, and dismal to get through. When you don’t feel you have the strength to go on with your life, God’s grace is sufficient. He will sustain you , when no one or nothing else can.  Allow Him to carry the burden – there are some things that are just too big for us to handle on our own. We cannot as mothers (and fathers) get through the loss of a child and keep our sanity without God’s help.

On a Professional Note:
Yvonne is certified as a victim advocate, by the Office for Victims of Crime Training Technical Assistance Center. She provides peer and community support to families of  homicide  victims  in reconstructing their lives and developing something positive out of their tragedy. Yvonne who has experienced a similar tragedy, knows just how important talking one-on-one with a person who has had a loved one murdered, helps them in their grieving process .We will accompany you and your family to court and provide emotional support to help you navigate through the crisis . If you live in or near the Philadelphia area you may contact our Hotline. 

  We also offers training and consultation to churches on a variety of topics, including Premarital Counseling, Parenting Issues, Conflict Management, and Marriage Enrichment Seminars.   
  What is Grief ? 
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the most intense kind of grief .

Common symptoms of Grief/ Bereavement
While loss affects people in different ways, many experience the following symptoms when they’re grieving. Just remember that almost anything that you experience in the early stages of grief is normal—including feeling like you’re going crazy, feeling like you’re in a bad dream, or questioning your religious beliefs. Shock, Sadness, Guilt , Anger , Fear , Physical symptoms – including fatigue, nausea, lowered immunity, weight loss or weight gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.. 

Coping with Grief and Loss
Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you're experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on. We at Clinical Christian Counseling extend our hand, to help and support you through the process.