While time can dull the ache, life will never be the same. At Our Mourning Offering, it is our mission to honor those missing pieces, to tell their stories, to lift one another in prayer and point one another to hope in our sorrow.
Our Mourning Offering was created by Rakhi McCormick, a Catholic convert, wife, and mother of three. Rakhi lost her father in her junior year of college in 1997 and her mother in the early months of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. No stranger to the "just keep swimming" mentality that often greets those in mourning, Rakhi experienced the cost of unacknowledged grief during and after the birth of her first child in 2010. More recently, her encounter with loss during the pandemic led her to consider the potential impact of the collective grief born of this experience. So many like her were unable to say goodbye to their loved ones, unable to gather to mourn and bury them, unable to rest and let their hearts heal in peace.
Based on her own experiences, Rakhi was moved in prayer to create a space to allow others to fully enter in to their grief as they needed. Whether it is to tell stories, to ask for prayer, or to connect with people who have experienced a similar pain, this is a place where you are able to openly say you are not okay. Know that someone is listening and praying for your healing and peace, and that someone else will remember the ones you love. You are not alone. You love is not forgotten.
Thank you for being here.
This space is dedicated to communal lament, and we can't have community without the involvement of so many wonderfully talented and humble collaborators who have graciously given of their time and spirit and talent. Thank you, thank you, thank you to these incredible people who are helping to make this a place of prayer and hope and storytelling.