What is Project Lost and Found?
“It is in the sharing, not the withholding, that healing really takes place”
-Project Lost and Found Contributor
Pain always produces character. A profound loss changes someone permanently and redirects their life in unimaginable ways.
I am a therapist and I have the unique privilege and burden of being a personal witness to horrific tragedy and loss. I spend sleepless nights haunted by their pain. Walking with them week after week as they slowly unravel their loss and reknit and reknit until they can make some sort of sense of it. With all my being, I feel pain has a purpose and this project is birthed out of that belief. If you stick around long enough and take that journey with another human being, what you get to see if more beautiful than any sunset, artwork, or jewel. The transformation of a soul is truly the most inspiring, miraculous, and powerful event to ever witness. Project Lost and Found is a window into one of the most majestic sites on this planet-triumph of the human soul.
Sometime in September of 2011, road worn and weary, I was hit with a strange and obvious revelation. I took a look at all my clients and realized there was a common thread. In all their tattered stories a strange bond of loss evolved. Out of a small caseload over half had lost their moms (and dad) tragically at a young age. None wanted to join a support group, most had already had grief counseling after the loss and had associated support with weakness. All wanted to share their story and felt it had strengthened them and had pride in how they had survived it. None felt like victims. All had something from their parent either tangible or intangible that they had that was a “gift” from their parent. All wanted their experience to mean something and help others. So Project Lost and Found is an attempt to give purpose and meaning to their lives and Hope to yours.
Here are the guidelines:
1) Write about what you lost and how you lost it.
2) Write about what you found and how you found it
3) Write from your heart and use the first person
4) Incorporate a “gift” that you received from the Lost Person
5) No shorter than 1 page no longer than 4 (roughly 2000 words or less)
Include a picture of the Person you lost if possible.
6) The purpose is to inspire and give hope to others