Last week in chapel I was informed of the death of a young woman who had just been an inmate worker at the jail. It is always a shock to experience an abrupt end to a young life and we had so recently had her with us. In each group and with every person I shared the news it has been the same sense of disbelief.
Everyone had the same experience of her, she was polite and kind; a good listener and a good worker. She has a gentle and lovely smile. She was the first to encourage others who were despairing. She gave us the gift of her presence as she walked the halls and diligently did her work.
I am glad I knew her, very sad that I could not have done more and now will not get the opportunity to know her better out in the world she found difficult to navigate. I knew she was afraid to return to her life outside of jail. Her death is a reminder to continue to work hard with other young women to assist them in making plans and putting in place the support systems that help them stay sober but that will also help them stay alive.
May the peace that passes all understanding be with us all. Julia
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