Teen Hope comes from my heart’s desire to provide an opportunity for teens to properly understand grief and the emotional turmoil that comes from the death of someone they love. This program is designed to help teens work through the pain and move forward into adulthood without the harmful effects of unresolved grief.
Unresolved grief can emerge in various forms. Anger, bitterness, and depression are a few of the strong emotions which unresolved grief can generate. These emotions may result in forms of destructive behaviors such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, eating disorders, anti-social behavior, fighting, sexual experimentation, failure in school, or involvement in the judicial system. Studies among Youth Facilities and Juvenile Correctional Centers indicate that over 50 percent of the incarcerated teenagers had lost someone significant in their life before their incarceration.
Many youth who do not work through the emotional pain associated with grief will search for ways to help them ignore or numb the pain. In most incidences, destructive behaviors are used in an effort to eliminate the hurt.
I have personally struggled with unresolved grief. By the age of twenty-four, I had experienced the death of my parents, a step-parent, and all of my grandparents. Instead of properly grieving, I just moved forward and attempted to fill the void in my life with all the wrong things.
In attempts to find comfort, I made poor choices that took me on a downward spiral. Only through the grace and strength of my Heavenly Father did I find healing and the ability to pick up the broken pieces and begin a new life. God took my messed up circumstances and used them for His good. I want others who are hurting to find His healing before they make poor choices that can not be undone.
I have seen how God can use emotional wounds to serve as bridges to others who are in pain. Teen Hope is my bridge.
Ruth H. Williams
Author Credentials and Background
The director has 15 years’ experience as a volunteer youth worker. She worked in the school system for ten years as a teacher’s assistant. She has a BS in Psychology and Business and a Master’s Degree in Human Services: Health and Wellness.