Sharing grief; student loan forgiveness – Longmont Times-Call

GriefShare helped me through a painful time

I enjoyed Bill Ellis’ guest opinion a few weeks ago on the unstable state of so many people today. One organization that has been of great help to me during such a time in my life is GriefShare.

My first wife contracted cancer 24 years ago. She spent the next few years battling it and battling the health complications that came with it. Then, just when it seemed like she was winning the battle, another complication arose and suddenly she was gone. As a Christian, I trusted that I would see her again someday, but the pain of separation from a loving and caring companion of over 40 years was intense and seemed almost more than I could bear.

At first I tried to fend for myself with the help of my Savior who I knew would never leave or forsake me. He was certainly a comfort, but I still struggled. I haven’t even shared the depth of my feelings with my family or friends. In my search for help, I found GriefShare.

In GriefShare, participants meet weekly in groups with others who have also lost loved ones. Each group watches and discusses videos featuring top experts on topics related to grief and recovery. But I found it more helpful to just find other people who had the same feelings as me.

GriefShare is not a “silver bullet”, but it has been very helpful to me and I highly recommend it. I was living in the Cincinnati area when I participated in GriefShare, but there seem to be several groups available in that area. Just go to www.griefshare.org to find one near you.

Note GriefShare is for those who have lost loved ones. There is a somewhat similar organization, DivorceCare, for those in this difficult situation.

Carl Brady, Frederick

What about a small business owner who has taken out loans?

I am a machinist. I didn’t go to college, I learned my trade. I now own a small manufacturing business and work six, sometimes seven days a week. I struggled years to be where I am, and I am not rich. Years to have my back
against overdraft protection, and often in it. I have loans. Where is my debt forgiveness?

The nation’s federal student debt now exceeds $1.6 trillion. As of the 2019-2020 academic year, there were 5,999 Title IV institutions in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Well, 1.6 trillion divided by 5,999 Title IV institutions equals over 266 million each. Will colleges/universities be forced to help cover this cost, or will it be passed on entirely to taxpayers?

Richard Lee Landrum II, Longmont

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