"I can only begin to share how incredibly supportive and beautiful and loving it was to be connected to everyone.
I joined the IFS community about 25 years ago when I started therapy with Rhea Almeida. I developed deep connections with the men and women, some of which will last a lifetime. I moved to CA 20 years ago and remain in contact with quite a few folks. They have seen me through a lot of growth and change and continue to do so.
Recently, while my parents attended a family destination wedding in PA, my father fell very ill with sepsis and was rushed to the emergency room. I was still in CA and felt like my parents were stranded alone with no support. Family and friends were over an hour away from them, but not near enough to be there constantly or easily. I reached out for emotional support to a couple of dear friends who I met through IFS. They all rallied and quickly communicated to more people near and dear to my parents. Another friend shared that another former IFS member actually worked at the hospital where my dad was! My mom got clothes from her and she went shopping for her for some more. They visited with my parents and celebrated her birthday with her, while she was away and sitting in a hospital room with my father.
All of this happened while I was making plans to come to PA to help my parents get back home. He was in the hospital for 2 weeks. I absolutely know that he would have recovered, but he and my mom felt emotionally safe and cared for because of the beautiful and caring IFS community."
Mia JonesRacial and gender diversity