On Sunday, November 3, LCC K-9 Comfort DogHope (Faith Lutheran - Marietta, Georgia) was invited to attend the annual Out of the Darkness Walk in Atlanta, Georgia to remember loved ones lost to suicide, and to work towards preventing these tragedies in the future.
Hope Comfort Dog and her handlers were stationed in the Healing and Loss tent, and there was always a line of people seeking to touch her to receive comfort for their grief. The large crowd engaged in conversations, and all were grateful for her presence there. People talked about how their families’ dogs helped them through their difficult times. A father, who had previously invited Hope Comfort Dog to a remembrance ceremony for his son, who had committed suicide, reconnected with her, dropped to his knees, and just had a special moment with her.
During the program, white doves were released in memory of those, who were no longer with their loved ones. At first each flew in a different direction, then they all came together as one family as if to show unity and the common bond the attendees had. The silence that came over the crowd at that time was indeed special.
Please pray for all those impacted by suicide and for Jesus’ touch to strengthen those who are contemplating this as the only solution left for them.