On a spring day in 2008, Molly’s two-year-old daughter choked on an apple. Four days later, Molly held her daughter for the last time before handing her over for the doctors to harvest her organs. Her liver went to a six-month-old baby girl and her kidneys to a father of four.
People ask Molly how she’s survived. It isn’t easy grieving the loss of a child. Molly’s connection with others saved her life when she lost her daughter. Molly gives three ideas about how to create connections during difficult times:
• Speak the unspeakable to others.
• Use your gifts to be a gift.
• Don’t try to prove yourself—just be yourself.
Pain and grief can be unspeakable. Because Molly had the courage to speak, she felt seen and heard. Pain is a powerful connector. Talking about it allows others to share their pain.
Create connection through your gifts as well. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell said: “Recall the new star that announced the birth at Bethlehem? It was in its precise orbit long before it so shone. We are likewise placed in human orbits to illuminate.” When you share your gifts or talents, you can be in place at the exact moment someone needs you.
What helps you in your grief?
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