Late last week I wrote a letter to Lisa Gibson as a blog post. I had to do it.
It was the day after her children had died and she was still missing. Her story consumed me.
It still does.
On Saturday, a female body was found in the Red River and yesterday it was identified as Lisa's.
Again, I am consumed with thoughts of her.
I experienced such relief knowing she was found. But hand in hand with the feelings of relief, was such great and unspeakable sorrow.
I know that I am not the only one.
I know this because after I published my letter to Lisa on this blog, the response was immediate and overwhelming. The letter got shared, re-posted and tweeted and made it's way around to people who I had never met, but who all seemed to stand together with great compassion, understanding, and sorrow. In our standing together, the message seemed to be, "there is no judgement here".
As I heard of the news of Lisa's death yesterday, I knew that only words on a screen would not be enough this time. There had to be more. There are too many people who have been so impacted by this woman's battle against an illness that would not let her go. There had to be a way to communicate to her friends and her family that there are people in their community who understand and offer only compassion and share their sorrow.
As I communicated all this with my dear friend Joyce late last night, an idea was birthed as a way to remember Lisa and her struggle and to and publicly communicate the message of compassion for her and her family. A gathering of those who want to both show their support and be supported will take place on Thursday, August 1st at 7:30 p.m. at The Forks on the steps leading down to the River Walk. If you are coming to join us in the gathering, you are welcome to bring a candle to light in memory of Lisa and her children. Those gathering together can also bring a white flower to place into the Red River in memory of Lisa and the struggle she faced. These organic deposits will travel down the river by the current adding light and reminders of hope and peace to the dark waters as they flow.
Please spread the word through conversations with friends or social media.
Rest in peace, Lisa.
We know you loved them.
There is no judgement here.
If you are planning to come on Thursday night and are on facebook, please respond to the event page so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Click on this link to take you straight to the event page.