First of all I wish you a happy and healthy 2014, and also a lot of fun.
I want to thank you all for your comments following the article in the NRC (“Business roll-out – That’s my way of grieving”) on Saturday, December 28, 2013.
The number of responses that were received (via the website, by mail, by telephone and channels like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter) and still is coming in, is overwhelming and it does not stop which is great.
I want to thank everyone who has visited the site. In the past two weeks, more than 1,200 people visited the site. For a Foundation that was started in early December 2013, I think this is a great number.
Following the article in NRC ( a major Dutch newspaper ), many responded who wanted to become Board Member, many wanted to make contributions to workshops and many offered locations, One of the most important group of responses in my point of view, are those who want to join one of our workshops.
Personally, I find this to be heart-warming, I thank you all.
At the moment I’m selecting the Foundation’s Board Members. That sounds simple, but it certainly is not. If it were up to me, the full Board is installed February 1, but you never know. The selection of the Board members is not only based on knowledge and experience, but also includes inter relationships of the team and mutual cohesion. Good governance is important and will take time to think about, but that is also likely to apply to the people themselves who will join the Board.
During the week of January 13, 2014 I’m going to focus on the group who have indicated that they want to cooperate. I look forward to get in touch with them in the near future.
Several locations have been notified or offered, some of which are quite special and some were even outside The Netherlands. This category creates possibilities to combine workshops with a short holiday or other activities. By the end of the month I’ll contact those who are involved.
Requests have been made to participate (possibly) in the workshops. However, before the first workshop program and its location is released by me, those who want to participate will be contacted first. You need to realize that the participants are fairly distributed across the country and it’s up to us to find locations so that any travel arrangement is doable for the participants.
This group confirms to me that the vision of the Foundation appeals to people. Of course there are fortunately critical questions. Yes, you read it right … fortunately … because precisely these questions keep me sharp, may give new perspectives and may even lead to new approaches in the field of bereavement. Until now, it was found that the Foundation’s vision and approach is correct. Yet there will certainly be times in the future where changes in our vision and approach need to be made. That is not bad, on the contrary, it means that the Foundation is alive.
That’s it so far. At the end of each month I publish a sequel.
If you have any questions you can reach me (website, email, mail and phone).