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BFB: 21-Day Celebration (Memorial)

Pay it
Forward

25 value - Virtual OK

21 DAY CELEBRATION CHALLENGE

Our mourning has changed. No hugs, no stories, at least not face-to-face. It's a very difficult time for people to lose someone, and there have been so many losses. There has been so much sadness.

When our loved one is taken, especially at first, we have no choice but to think about it. No words can undo it. We swim in it, breathe in it, often feel like we’re drowning in it.

I’ve lost people and the only thing that pulled me back was knowing I was loved and that I wasn’t alone.

If you have lived even a short time on this planet, and if you’ve allowed yourself to love, you know exactly what I mean.

I'd be willing to create 21-day challenges for families in mourning. This would include a daily blurb with graphics. (See photos examples, "Celebrating LeoLady")

When our friend left us on April 18th, I wanted to find a way to channel my sadness and help her friends who were very close to her and grieving. I used her first 21 posts on KindSpring, giving a lovely glimpse into a beautiful life. For our friend, I am hosting three challenges now; then, one in August on her birthday; then, one every year after that.

If you would like to do a challenge like this for someone you loved and lost and need help getting started, please let me know. If you want to host it and just need help, or if you want me to host, I can do either one.

What I would need from you would be enough materials and photos to create at least 21 days of blurbs for the emails. This would be saved on KindSpring and could be revisited any time you want.

RUNNING-FOR-JOY
Alternatively, I found another way to honor someone I loved who died. She was killed by a drunk driver the summer after graduating 2nd in her class from MIT. So we honor her memory on her birthday with Running-for-Joy-5k.

More than anything, I wanted people who are grieving to know that they are not alone and to remind them of what I needed to hear, over and over:

You are loved. This will not kill you, though you may feel as though you are dying. When you feel you can’t go on, please reach out. Help is all around. And, even though you may not believe it right now, you won’t be sad forever, not all the time. You will, however, never be completely free of this grief, so long as you are brave enough to remember.

May you find peace and joy most of all when you remember the love you shared.

♥. Niki Flow

Training & Qualifications


I have a lot of experience with grief rituals. I learned how much they helped my children when we lost our little one, Sara, in 1995.  More on that here:   One Woman's Story.
https://wp.me/p5lq9a-1M

Rituals are important.  They are doors to a new life, paths to healing, a place of connection, a way to let go, or to never let go but to grow strong enough to hold on.  It is all a very personal journey. In my country alone, we have lost nearly 100,000 people.  That's 100,000 families that need to mourn.  Yet death and grief and mourning are rarely spoken about.

In the Japanse culture, the nōkanshi prepares the loved one ritualistically for burial. It is an act of deep love and compassion.  The nōkanshi is a stranger to the family, but they prepare and hold this sacred space for the families to mourn.  That is what I am offering in a sense; not a physical space, but a sacred one of gathering nonetheless.    

This is under the 356grateful Pay-It-Forward Buttons-for-Benjamin post here:
https://intuitive.simbi.com/niki-flow/365-small-acts-of-kindness

Availability & Preferences


Flexible. Send me a PM

Trading Preference: Pay it forward – pass on the good deed!

Reviews of Niki


Mariana received session of 365 Small Acts of Kindness from Niki
May 06, 2020
Niki is a kind soul with the gift of expression. I appreciated the poem very much and am grateful to have connected with Niki.
Mariana provided package of Daily Exercise Accountability Buddy for Niki
Jan 10, 2020
Niki has been an excellent exercise accountability partner. We have been checking in daily and she is very encouraging.
Rachel provided unit of Poem for Niki
Sep 16, 2019
Niki is so unbelievably sweet! So glad i met her.
Rene received unit of B4B/1PD/2: Sonnet, Poem, Haiku from Niki
Aug 08, 2019
Niki is officially the nicest person I have met online. Hope we become friends one day!
Katrina received session of 365 Small Acts of Kindness from Niki
Jul 29, 2019
I'm a little confused, and haven't yet received what she had told me she was going to send me. She did send me some other things, but it seemed like t...hey were simply other ideas / options that I could have instead. There were a lot of long messages sent close together with a lot of different offers, but I just wanted to stick with our initial arrangement. She is sweet and helpful, and I know she has provided many others with helpful services from her reviews.show more
Lou received unit of B4B/1PD/3: Record a Short Story from Niki
Jul 11, 2019
Such a lovely person to work with.
Tess provided unit of Crochet bag or basket for Niki
Jul 10, 2019
It was very nice to do a second deal with Niki. An easy , friendly and reliable person. I loved it!
Ashleah White
Ashleah provided unit of Rewrite your resume + Provide notes for Niki
Jul 07, 2019
She is so pleasant and understanding!
Tess received unit of B4B/1PD/2: Sonnet, Poem, Haiku from Niki
Jul 02, 2019
What I got from Niki is so much better then what I hoped for! An amazing artist with words. Friendly, kind, understanding. I can never thank you eno...ugh Niki !show more
Lou received unit of B4B/1PD/3: Record a Short Story from Niki
Jul 01, 2019
Niki is an amazing person and is a joy to work with.


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About Niki Flow

Hi, I'm Niki . I worked for most of my life as legal or executive support. Currently, I am a freelance writer, a talent scout for under1000skies.org (focusing on the talents whenever possible of home...less creatives); the co-creator and volunteer liaison/trainer of Volunteer Biographers; and a volunteer scribe for Awakin.org. I am passionate about hosting and participating in 21-day Challenges on Kindspring.org and have written a few. Since 2014 I've hosted 29 and participated in another 20 or so. It's a beautiful way to connect with light-filled people and a great start to the day. (KindSpring.org, Awakin.org and ServiceSpace.org were founded by Nipun Mehta on the idea of "Giftivism." For more information about giftivism, see Nipun's TedX Talk: "Designing for Generosity" on YouTube.) I'm a mom and new grandmom; an amateur musician, singer-songwriter and artist; and I am a world citizen. I believe that life is in two parts -- finding your passion, then giving it back to the world. The operative word here is "give." "I am planting seeds, nothing more." I sign my name "♥." meaning "love, period." Love is the most powerful force in the universe. I have learned how to choose love over fear in order to become strong and resilient through some tough times. I love meeting new people. We are all connected.show more

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