My name is Tamara Gabriel. My daughter Janna was just 9 years old when she was killed in a tragic car accident. Alone in my grief, I was devastated by the knowledge that I was the one at the wheel when the car hydroplaned and collided with another car.
It was the worst time of my life.
During my grief I was surprised and sadden to find that many people avoided speaking or looking at me, perhaps at a loss for what to say, or just because they were afraid to confront their own worst fears.
Eventually I felt I needed to do something to make right this terrible wrong…to have something good come from something so unbelievably awful…to turn hurt into hope. That is why I created Healing Hugs, in memory of my daughter Janna.
The Healing Hugs logo is my design that shows two arms in the shape of a heart. The green arm represents the heart chakra, where all forms of grief and compassion are stored, and the purple arm represents community and spirituality.
At some time or other all of us deal with with some form of grief – some form of loss – whether it’s a death, divorce, illness or job loss, and we feel alienated…alone…unconnected.
Healing Hugs is my way of bringing us together as a community with empathy and compassion, and making this world a better place to live.
When you wear the Healing Hugs symbol it represents two things – you are a person who is struggling and in need of an understanding hug, and/or you are someone who understands grief and struggle and has a hug to give.
Love and Healing Hugs to you ALL.