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Published: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:30:55 -0500

 



Give Yourself Permission to Grieve

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:17:22 -0500

Just as each of us was born with our unique DNA, so is the grief experience unique to each of us. There is no Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), rulebook, or one size fits all approach to handling grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and no one can tell you how to grieve; however, it is necessary to validate the uniqueness of the grief experience.



What Is Healing Your Grief?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:44:28 -0500

It takes an absolute commitment to heal your grief. The healing is in the reconciling of your new changed condition. Achieving reconciliation requires a search for a renewed purpose and meaning. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. As you journey through grief and find your way you must accept the need to work through your mourning. In order to reconcile your grief requires intentional mourning what has forever changed in your condition. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. Possibilities for a better life will emerge as you make efforts to understand and meet your mourning needs. A search for self-improvement must be a constant in your healing efforts.



The Day of My Bicycle Triumph

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:23:02 -0500

When my husband and I discovered he had cancer, we still did not have running water or an indoor toilet. Off grid living was not going to work in this situation. Through a friend, we ended up in a small one bedroom rental. Very high stress. I took to riding my bicycle up and down the local streets...



On Starting Over With A Higher Love

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:13:53 -0500

Some people I meet live their lives completely disconnected from their inner world. I see it more like a journey through my own inner me. My husband taught me what devoted love looked like. As much as I knew how, I loved him but I know that there is another level that I have not yet known. An even holier one... and I think... if I am very quiet... that I can hear it is coming for me!



What Happened?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:52:15 -0500

Questions a person is asked following the sudden death of a person who had drug and alcohol addictions. Things you should never ask a family member due to the painful reflections of reliving the death.



Shedding The Heavy Load & Letting Go

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:45:00 -0500

It's been eight months, one week and two days since my husband died. I have been actively sorting through all of our many, many belongings. It has been hard to let it go. I hold on to all sorts of things and to all sorts of people even long after I should have let them go... and I have been carrying years of baggage. Time to shed the heavy load of my many pasts... again.



5 Ways to Overcome Grief and Fantasy Loss

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:47:59 -0500

What Happens When Dreams Are No Longer Fantasies? When you daydream, you dream of a spectacular life you wish to live. You never consider the dream any other way.



What We Learned In Our Grief

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:29:13 -0500

Grief leaves its markers throughout the rest of our lives. Life never returns to what it was like nor should it - that is perhaps the greatest loss.



Just When We Thought We Were In the Clear

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:29:01 -0500

5PM on Friday July 18, 2014, I strolled through the door clutching flowers for my wife, and her parents' demeanour said it all. The moment stood still.



The Precise Reason We May Rejoice In Our Grief

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:42:50 -0500

LET'S use a different word than suffering: grief - it's the effect of loss, and suffering essentially is the condition of grief. The reason we may rejoice in our grief is...



What I Know, But Can Never Explain

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:48:17 -0500

FOR me, grief demands expression. And yet I can never fully comprehend nor succinctly communicate its mystery, which is so fitting. Still, there are myriads of caricatures of life made in the image of grief - showcased through articles, books, videos, testimonies, real lives, etc - both rousing and heartbreaking, not to mention countless shards of emotion evoked between which splinter off without recognition or acknowledgement.



Why You've Never Lived Until You've Been Undone By Loss

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:17:37 -0500

NOT everyone who reads the title of this article will agree, and many will disagree with its content. But I write out of experience, and my experience is pretty much a Gospel experience; one that millions have come to attest to in their experience.



A Day That Changed the Course of Our Lives

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 09:01:47 -0500

JULY FIRST. Three years ago, today. A harmless enough scan, the results of which would propel a ripple of ambiguous grief through our lives for four months until the gravitas of loss finally broke our world late on October Thirty.



PEACE When Your World Is ROCKED

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:10:44 -0500

Perceive what is going on. Explore what you are feeling. Allow the experience to happen without judgment. Calm yourself through trusting yourself to calmness. Experience joy and hope because of your courage to face fear.



How I Came About My Spiritual and Artistic Defrost

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:50:58 -0500

I told myself I was happy being a wife... and I was but my world with my husband was too small. Where was the passion? Where was the laughter? Where was the joy? Where was the adventure? Was the only potential reality for my self-actualization, one in which my husband was not in it and if all potential realities exist in the Universe, did I will this particular reality into existence?



So, It Didn't Go Your Way - What Are You Going To Do About It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:41:59 -0500

PLENTY of things in life don't go our way. We can easily find ourselves belly-aching to God, "How long, O LORD!" - in the tradition of Psalm 13.



Keeping a Blessed Memorial of Your Pain

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:25:48 -0500

LOSS is a phenomenon designed only to precede resurrection. That is the hope we have, because we hold onto it. We can only behold it. One salient way of keeping the latter (resurrection) front of mind is bearing the former (loss) with a memorial to the suffering itself. Not wallowing in it, but immersing ourselves in its truth, to fill our broader reality.



Your Grief Healing Saga

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:23:13 -0500

You have the right to stop grieving and start healing. Neither you or someone near you can alter the permanent condition that is yours forever. The healing is in the reconciling your grief and loss, and that takes time. Remember the body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You can start healing now. Remember, your thoughts can become beliefs that alter your life; can you see how vitally important they are? Your life is three in one - body, soul, and spirit. The body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You determine the outcome. Your thoughts are ongoing occurrences! As your thoughts become settled beliefs, they begin to frame your life. That is why it is essential that you choose your thoughts wisely. Don't waste time. If you are angry at God it will be important for you to get new understanding and inspiration. When was the last time you poured your heart out to God?



Is Your Grief Healing A Straight Line Or A Spiral?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:22:42 -0500

Although the quickest and most economical path between two points is usually a straight line, regrettably, that only works on an active GPS! Grief and loss experiences are not a straight line but a spiral as your emotions and strength ebbs and flows. As you arrive at the point of understanding that God knows far more than you and I, and was aware of every daily step of your journey before you were born on his earth, you will embrace every frustrating catastrophe, each unforeseen twist and turn, every hardship, and every grief moment as an opportunity to reconcile your grief and loss. Only then, will you possess the personal empowerment, inspiration, and strength it takes to carry the healing blessings you desire and hold on to them forever. The healing process requires undeviating actions, and time enough to accept change so your life can be more whole and peaceful. Contemplate this question: would you be willing to wait and prepare for the healing wishes of your heart and mind, rather than get fulfillment immediately and be unprepared to fully receive them? Your answer will speak plainly if "healing integrity" is your ultimate goal.



Each Day Above Ground Is a Good Day

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:04:11 -0500

It is one of the coldest days of the winter season. Ice cycles hang from the trees and the gate to the entrance. Although the driveway has been salted, the road is still dangerously slippery.



The Death Dilemma: Moving On After a Loved One Dies

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:33:11 -0500

The death of a loved one is overwhelming for most of us. Read about some coping strategies for moving on after a devastating loss.



Hope That's Vanished Will Once Again Abide

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:05:18 -0500

If you hold on, despite what you're feeling right now, and delay what dangerous thing you wish to do, hope will once again abide. Like it did before. Or, like it never has. If you believe.



Can Dreams Help Heal Your Grief?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:04:38 -0500

Believe in the potential of your dreams. Never stop even though it may seem like, at times, in your healing efforts you take one step forward and two steps back. Learning to reconcile your grief and find new peace and joy requires unqualified commitment and continued energy and determination. It requires purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. Never quit dreaming of healing possibilities! Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep focusing on your goal to find new peace and more happiness. Rather than your night dreams, a more relevant undertaking would be to spend time concentrating on understanding how conscious dreams can help you heal your grief. It is absolutely essential to your well-being to dream about vital remedies to find new peace and happiness.



Lord, Help Me

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:23:51 -0500

A reflection and a prayer in the wake of a series of chilling atrocities. Lord, help me.



Transforming Grief Into Love

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:08:02 -0500

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, and one that can be seemingly impossible to "get over". This new and different perspective about understanding the intense emotions that result from such a loss can help you through your grief and bring you to feelings of love and gratitude.



Professional Grief Relief Counseling

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:42:48 -0500

Professional Counseling Goals Your goal in seeking professional help is to help you gain insight and comfort to meet your life challenge of unbearable grief and loss. Part of living is facing challenges and difficulties that sometimes seem to overwhelm you. Usually grief happenings cause you to feel uncertain and unsure and you wisely decide to seek support and help. This important step can result in insight, comfort, solutions, and grief relief empowerment. Any professional help you seek must be centered on your individual needs as you experience a constant up and down spiraling of your grief as it ebbs and flows. It certainly may be wise to avail yourself of help. Walking with someone can be more empowering than walking alone in grief and sorrow. Certainly, experience and maturity in your professional counselor or coach is the most essential requirement - sometimes book-learning is not as valid as someone who has walked their own personal grief healing path. Having someone who has purchased the grief tee-shirt, walked the walk, and been where the tire hits the road often ads credence to the quality of counseling you receive.



Coming Out of Your Grief Cave With Healing Gratitude

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:53:51 -0500

Having suffered in anguish from your personal grief it is reassuring to remember there is still much in life to be grateful and hopeful about. Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. Counting your blessings can lead you to finding the peace and hope you really need in times of terrible grief and loss. A grieving mind and heart can be healed. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. Gratitude can make sense of the past and bring personal hope for the future.



Why'd You Have to Go

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:37:20 -0500

Anyone who has a heart feels broken when tragedy or violence takes a loved one out of their life. For those left behind, 'forever' the word that used to be filled with promise starts tonight, today, this moment in time. Violence is senseless regardless of the underlying cause. The death and carnage left behind defies understanding. Vivid stories describing the event or even the carefully crafted clinical description on the certificate that officially ends the life you loved can't begin to answer the one question that matters most. Why? Why'd they have to go?



Six Absolute Grief and Loss Healing Questions to Ask Yourself

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:54:04 -0500

You need to be about going beyond being emotionally consumed and physically weak, and from surviving to thriving. The challenge is to be a survivor and overcome your loss and transform yourself into a new whole person. It will require of you a comprehensive constant effort. Deep within you is undiscovered unused strength. Now is the time to dig deeper than ever before for the how to promote your health of body and mind. Take time to decide what your resolve will be, how you will do it, and when you will do it. Keep telling yourself you can start healing and quietly take the actions necessary to stop grieving and start healing. You can begin healing from within.



Grief - A Powerful Place to Bear Witness From

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:22:00 -0500

It's how we handle crises that speaks most for our faith in a risen and victorious Lord. And this faith is the capacity to take the living moment courageously; to be really real, which means everything when life has come to nothing.



Fixing Your Grief Fun Button

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:12:47 -0500

Life's too short to live in obnoxious lasting misery! I can tell you that when my fun button breakdowns, it is usually because I am taking myself too seriously and not making the necessary effort to enjoy the journey. So, if your fun button is broken, here are several steps for a thoughtful, inspiring, and refreshing fix! If you know someone who could use a little cheer and encouragement, discover with me important life-changing must-have solutions to fix your grief fun button.



7 Uplifting Grief Relief Invitations

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:22:58 -0500

Because of your unique grief loss happening there are personal considerations that make your need satisfaction singularly to you. The result for your grief has changed your life for the future - forever.. It is absolutely important that you don't allow your grief experience to imprison your future happiness. After all, beginning today, is the rest of your life. Consider any and all possible solutions to make your new you - your now future life - hopeful and fuller. Absolutely consider all actions you can take to bring you new purpose, more peace and hope.



Do You Have A Pebble In Your Grief Shoe?

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:09:08 -0500

Accept the personal challenge to take healing action steps. Remove the pebble in your shoe. Dump it out and start the grief healing process you need. Often, to dump out the grief pebble it will be necessary to reconcile your grief. The healing is in the reconciling. Rise up and meet your grief challenges head-on. Many experience grief pebbles. Who is aware of the exact time that will happen? It is not a sign of being good or bad. It is life. Add God's help to your efforts. He can bless you with vital inspiration and added strength to find new purpose and take the necessary life-changing actions to begin healing and find hope, peace and joy.



12 Things the Grieving Should Know

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:10:21 -0500

This is for those going through loss and grieving. As a medium, I channel those who have died to help people heal and have hope.



Overcoming Grief Relief Blocks

Sat, 13 May 2017 10:16:53 -0500

Reliable direction to help you move through your grief and find joy can be fleeting. Solutions and direction, even if found, can be an uphill and trying experience. Meaningful and reliable steps are fundamental for success to stop grieving and start healing. The challenge for you is to find new purpose and happiness in your life. You alone must decide! Yet, powering forward you can dig deep internally for empowerment you didn't know you had. Healing and peace are worth fighting through temporary blocks.



Are Dimes My Spiritual Connection to Mother?

Fri, 12 May 2017 08:55:38 -0500

Many stories have been written about the significance of finding dimes and the interpretations are varied. As with finding pennies, I always attributed such incidences to the old wives tale of good luck, but never really thought further about it. That all changed when my Mother died.



Happy Is The Hardest Word to Say

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:16:22 -0500

It's not difficult to identify people whose life has been touched by a profound loss or personal tragedy; just listen. The common question of 'How are you doing?' elicits a flat response. 'Fine, as good as can be expected, OK or I'm good' has replaced joyful exuberance, laughter or the words 'really good' and especially 'happy.' Like a scar from a deep wound there is lasting evidence that something has been inexplicably altered. The physical evidence is in the eyes where a smile never reaches or in the deafening silence where laughter seems appropriate. Their emotions are anesthetized; not from a drug but rather the natural disconnection from emotions where pain can lie dormant. Happiness is buried deep within that disconnection. For a time, it can be the hardest word to say.



Seven Quotes That Will Help Heal Your Grief

Thu, 04 May 2017 12:51:15 -0500

Healing from a horrendous grief experience and reconciling your sorrow and loss requires unique personal answers. Grief and loss change, but serious sorrow never ends. It is a journey not a place to stay. Your grieving must give way to a valued new condition and a new you. You can start healing and stop grieving. Your prime objective should be to seize every opportunity to reclaim your life.



Past Life Regression and Grief, Death and Dying

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:40:59 -0500

Past life regression and remembering your past lives can help you deal with grief and loss. By remembering that you have lived before, you can see that you and your loved ones will live again. You can also discover that love and connection don't ever die.



Grief - Life's Test of Courage and Trainer of Faith

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:45:07 -0500

EVERYONE experiences grief of one kind or another consistently throughout life, and never more so than when we're beset by conflict. But there is a kind of grief that blindsides us; the genus of which rips the heart out of our resolve, fear chiselling us down to our core, leaving us all alone, a fractured, wafer shell; the sort that forces such change that the old must go where a new man or woman emerges, delivered in writhes of death, paradoxically into life. Blessed abundance; an enigma.



Tell Me I Was Dreaming

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:40:26 -0500

Is this really happening... it has to be a dream; these are words born in the state of confusion that ensues when suddenly we wake up and realize they are gone. Gone is a lonely, desolate word delivering a cold harsh reality with awful finality. Gone carries the sound of the human heart breaking into pieces. It invites us to cover our heads and go back to sleep, back to yesterday when nothing was changed. Regardless of how strong and competent you may be the loss of someone you love is accompanied by a host of fears.



Can I Prepare for This Grief Journey?

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:33:49 -0500

According to Webster, the word journey is defined as "an act or instance of traveling from one place to another." Is this definition applicable to the grief journey? If so, can we prepare just as we would for maybe a cross-country journey by train?



Staying Present In Traumatic Times

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:30:39 -0500

The last couple weeks were somewhat traumatic. First, my 15 year old dog had a seizure and possible stroke, and the next week a family member who has COPD (possibly emphysema) and MCI (mild cognitive problems) went into the hospital with pneumonia. It took be back to a time I've written about a lot, 2011-2013, with our other dog who had cancer and then neurological problems, and my mother who had Alzheimer's and lung cancer.



Please Don't Tell Me "It Just Takes Time"

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:44:25 -0500

We try to console others. We try to heal our own broken hearts. While doing so, the one myth that we hear and accept most often is that "It just takes time.



Teddy Bear Grief Healing

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:17:02 -0500

Seek support from all available useful and beneficial sources. Reconciling your grief is necessary for the healing is in the reconciling of your loss and sorrow. Use your best alpha actions. Don't wait; begin today to seek ways to stop grieving and start healing. You are stronger than you think; you have inner strength which has not been needed before. Use your inner empowerment now. Important action-oriented tips will help you move beyond your grief and loss and find new peace and joy. You can find new happiness. You can understand and heal your grief, if you want to find new purpose and happiness in your life. Remember that it is up to you; no one can do it for you.



Grief Alert - Beware the Danger of Dark Thoughts Ahead

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:53:26 -0500

The grieving process can be tricky and very dangerous from a mental health perspective. When we have experienced a significant loss, our minds can play tricks by creating coping mechanisms that help us get through the long dark days. But be aware of where your thoughts can lead you, if unchecked. Sometimes the danger zone - contemplating suicide - can pop up without warning.



Waking Up the Soul - Death As a Spiritual Alarm Clock

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:45:30 -0500

Although not intentional, sometimes it seems as if we are waiting for a tragedy to happen, to wake us up to the importance of making the most of our lives. If so, that's not a very wise - or effective - strategy. Anthony de Mello maintained that spirituality means "waking up." Don't let a tragic loss be your alarm clock.



Grief Healing Courage

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:32:11 -0500

Decide your purpose no one else can. Step into the unknown fearlessly. Resolve and determination are necessary along the way. Saddle your horse with an abundance of fortitude. Don't allow fear and hopelessness to control how you feel and how you act. Certainly, horrendous and unwanted grief, sorrow and loss bring into your life a necessary need to have the ability to conquer your sorrow, despair and fear. Decide how you will generate your own healing courage. You can! Reconciling your grief, sorrow and loss helps you heal. You alone must decide.



The Purpose of Your Life - Is It Predetermined or Random or Does It Matter?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:29:06 -0500

Do you believe there is some sort of Divine Plan for your life? Some predetermined path for you to follow, so as to meet your destiny? Or do you believe everything is just randomly unfolding and it is up to you to give your life meaning? Or does it even matter? Perhaps what matters most is that our lives have purpose.



What I'd Wish I'd Known at 19

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:38:11 -0600

Ever wished you'd known something before you stepped into it? Many times, I'm sure. But there's a problem with knowing things before we step into them. If we knew what we were about to step into we would never step.



Your Grief Healing Resolutions

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:22:51 -0600

Within your grasp you have the power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow." Joy and happiness is within your reach. Begin today to grab hold of every moment of hope and happiness available within your reach. You are invited to embrace each moment to find healing, harmony, hope, peace and joy in living. Do so every day.



How Long Will I Remain In The Quagmire Of Grief When My Dog Passes Away?

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:58:51 -0600

Grappling the tide of emotions when you try and overcome pet grief that has entered your household due to the loss of your beloved dog or cat. can sometimes be quite overwhelming. It is a treacherous journey you are about to embark on and you will need comfort and support so you come out the other side as unscathed as possible.



Grieving For A Pet With Guidance and Counseling

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:04:08 -0600

For many of us who have pets, losing them to death feels as devastating as losing a family member or best friend. People who don't have pets don't tend to "get" this, but those who do really understand the profound sense of loss. Our pets are often like a member of our family, so when we lose them, we feel immense grief.



Epic Grief Relief Cafe

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:42:55 -0600

Menu Be Partakers of the Healing Dishes - Check out the Transformational Favorites - Commitment Appetizer: "Over the years my life's happenstances have underscored a vital clarity. I have learned an essential personal truth: As I have experienced failures and successes - professionally, personally and physically - I have learned that until I commit, I am hesitant; there is a chance...



5 Things to Try When Your Grief Continues to Torment You

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:40:16 -0600

This is a daunting article to write, for the sheer fact I'm out of my depth. I've suffered sufficient loss and grief to be in the ballpark, but I'm unsure I'll slide a run all the way home. But seeing God has given me the thought, and shown me a need to wrestle, let me attempt its resolution.



The Blessing In Loss for Having Responded Well In Grief

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:27:43 -0600

Given the situation of loss how can it be that we might be blessed? How can something so drastically dysfunctional turn out the best it possibly could, given the circumstances?



How God Turns Loss Into Gain

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:04:15 -0600

As we endure loss that rips life of its meaning and strips our being bare, we hope beyond hope that one day it could amount to something. That somehow loss might be worth the pain we endured.



Grief & Loss Alpha Healing Guidelines

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:58:13 -0600

You can't have your old life back. You must begin anew. Don't let your condition or others define you. You decide. Dig deep for your untapped personal power. Your empowerment is within. Healing is in your reconciliation of your grief. Use your best alpha actions. Begin today. Grief and loss must be healed.



Encouraging Words on Death of a Loved One

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:55:12 -0600

Fr. Gerald McGovern is one of God's great missionaries. As a child, I saw him as a missionary to me; as an adult as a missionary to men; now, a missionary to all men. He resides in a special place in my heart until we see each other again.



How Grief Can Be an Indispensable Life Experience

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:27:53 -0600

It is difficult, in the throes of acute loss, to reconcile how life that's suddenly gone so bad could possibly end up so good again, but that is our hope. We may simply want things back as they were. For the pain to abate.



Year End Grief Review

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:30:09 -0600

Getting rid-of your unique personal grief partners should be your year-end goal. You should review how well you have done to transform your grief and loss to a richer fuller life. Even though your condition may be unique and challenging it must not be a permanent happiness and joy interruption. Don't forget tears of the soul can help heal. There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.



Does Grief & Sorrow Ever Stop?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:34:11 -0600

Happiness has evaded you; hope has ran-away and grief and loss surrounds your whole being. Are you saying: "Yes this describes me?" To have hope is to have faith, to take a chance, and dream. When you have hope, you believe in the likelihood of possibilities. Hope allows you to look forward to a feeling that something positive will likely happen. Grief and sorrow can be reconciled. Hope. It begins with you. Start today. Opposite of hope is despair. Transformation from despair to hope is perhaps your most important solution to the grief you experience. Despair causes you to believe good things only happen to others but never you. Your expectations for hope is limited.



Grief Relief Funk

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:35:53 -0600

Within every person is empowerment undiscovered and dormant until called upon. Grief can make that call. At the height of your grief you may feel possible impossible. Deep inside there is a well of empowerment you can dig deeply for and find. Arising from your bed of terrible grief and loss is possible. Awakening from awful sorrow and nurturing new hope and joy should be your creed.



The Stirrings of God In Lonely Contemplation

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:16:14 -0600

Far too much of the time we're too busy to fall into loneliness, and in busyness we're further from God than ever, for God is in the silence of loneliness. That is the beginning.



Grief, Loss and Healing Transformation

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:25:32 -0600

The challenge is to be a survivor and overcome your loss and transform yourself into a new whole person. But, on certain occasions suffering crashes down non-stop like huge sledgehammers on your emotions. New roots of hope and fortitude have to be given room to develop. Learning to reconcile your grief and find new peace and joy requires unqualified self-commitment and continued determination. It requires purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. Certainly, there will come a time when you will need to say: "It's up to me!"



When All You Should Do Is Be Gentle With Yourself

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:31:31 -0600

I am doing the best I can with what I have in this moment and that is all I can expect of anyone including me. Reflect over those words.



Grief: A Strange Emotion And Why We Need To Embrace It

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:41:47 -0600

Grief, is a strange emotion. It took me nearly forty-eight hours to first of all register and then secondly, digest the fact that forty something (please excuse me for not having the exact statistics) people passed away in the plane crash in Pakistan on December 7th, 2016. While some people mourned over the loss of a, once-upon-a-time singer Junaid Jamshed, others grieved over the loss of (the same person) an inspiring evangelist.



Loss: Is It Possible To Get Over A Loss?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:03:56 -0600

In today's fast-paced world, there is often the need for instant gratification, and when something doesn't happen straight away, it can lead to all kinds of problems. This can be a time when someone will experience a strong emotional reaction, and the sooner they get what they want the sooner they will settle down.



Losing Your Pet? You Can Experience Anticipatory Grief

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:20:27 -0600

Are you losing your pet? Anticipatory grief is refers to a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is a death of a pet that is close and due to illness. It can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves.



Let Suffering Convert to Compassion

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:11:14 -0600

Without having been deprived of compassion we don't really understand compassion's importance. Its basis is the meaning of life, providing purpose which drives us along in our living the abundant life of loving others.



Tears of Beauty Beyond the Ashes of Pain

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:34:07 -0600

That season of brokenness we endured, in the faith that something better was imminent, ultimately, even as endurance was tested dozens of times, proves the above truth right every time. As we reminisce we cry because God has made that cause of our brokenness the very catapult that has restored us.



Speaking Out the Grief That Threatens to Remain Unspoken

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:50:06 -0600

Grief has taught me my emotional range, but just as much it has taught me a paradox. Whilst words are inadequate, words are necessary, even as we attempt to make meaning of something that is unfathomable.



A Thanksgiving Gratitude Exercise

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:26:04 -0600

When you are missing a loved one during this season of Thanksgiving, it is often difficult to feel thankful. Yes, you are grateful for eyes to see, ears to hear, limbs to move..



Enduring the Season of Unprecedented Pain

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:05:08 -0600

The death of a loved one is the most obvious loss we can encounter, but, of course, there are many losses that blindside us. Somehow we could not anticipate how gutted we would feel. Such losses bring about unprecedented pain. The pain of brokenness.



Awakening From Terrible Grief

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:11:18 -0600

Arising from the bed of awful sorrow and nurturing new hope and joy required purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. It wasn't a casual walk in the park to acquire a better understanding of my grief and find sustained purpose and peace in my life. New roots of hope and fortitude had to be given room to develop. Learning to reconcile my grief and find new peace and joy required commitment and continued determination. I knew that coming out on the other side of my grief and loss to find my new normal was necessary for it was to become what my future life is. I knew what matters most is how I handle that challenge. Yet, initially I had to overcome the woe-is-me mindset by focusing on the positives and what I still had. Expressing one's inner turmoil outwardly can be a way of finding relief, and stop grieving and start healing. No matter the situation it is important to live life to its fullness.



A Promise of Hope When Overwhelmed

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:44:37 -0600

The scariest of places is reserved as a mix of the emotions of sadness, fear and surprise. Unparalleled in human experience is the moment when life renders to experience something very foreign.



Your Best Response Is Best for You

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:36:34 -0600

I write a lot on loss and the grief that comes out of it. I write about my responses, yet hopefully never in ways in which to say, "this-or-that is right and this-or-that is wrong." The truth of matters is that your response to your situation is best for you as it is discerned by you, and given the information you have at hand, anyone else would make the same response if they were in your situation.



How to Say the Right Words When Friends Are Stressed

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:57:17 -0500

Ever noticed a friend in stress? How about soothing them a little? How do you do that? Look inside to find out.



God's Presence, His Gift Given When Souls Have Departed

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:46:17 -0500

All Souls' Day coincides with an annual period of remembrance for our family - the time between October 30 and November 7, when we lost our son to stillbirth and were allowed 179 hallowed hours with him before we said our final goodbye. It's a time that will never be insignificant. Each year we get away to a quiet place to appropriately solemnify this precious period. And yet this is only the second time we've done it. His life, from conception to completion, took place within the year 2014.



Eternity's Grace Meets the Gaze Eternal

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:46:06 -0500

On an innocent enough Tuesday, July First, morning, eternity reached down and intervened in our lives in a remarkable way. At a worldly level, it was an unfathomable loss, but the very unfathomable nature of the loss was what connected us irrevocably with eternity's realm.



Five Years Later

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:27:28 -0500

Last week marked the fifth anniversary of the loss of my dad and husband just two weeks apart. My grief journey has been like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs.



Heart Full of Sorrow

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:23:50 -0500

Sorrow is a powerful word; it embraces grief, sadness, personal pain and regret; it also carries its cause which is hopelessness. Why is it powerful? Because it can control and even destroy a human life; it is frequently is found within the cause of those who give up. We don't invite it into our lives or ever hope to know it. Its arrival, while never announced is always profound and even varied. It may be the result of the unexpected and final loss of someone you love, the slow erosion of wishes, hopes and dreams or the desire to be loved or important to someone. Whatever its cause when it arrives in our life joy is swept away like the sand carried out with the tide. Hopelessness is profound; it contains the story of washed away dreams.



How God Meets and Grows Us Through Our Emotions

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:57:57 -0500

Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad? Oh the pain... enough of this! It's okay. I can find comfort. I can find an escape... No. There's an opportunity cost in denying our rawest emotions, or bypassing them through cynicism



Waves of Light As Memories of Babies Lost

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:02:08 -0500

As I pondered thoughts of time two years ago, in going through Nathanael's few possessions, including the cards of condolence we received at his funeral, the Lord indicated - THIS ONE. One particular card. Then, on opening it, out sprung some words from Psalm 31. Parts of the psalm speak of a time when God saw us in our pain, gave us room to breathe, and in our anguish, per the people's prayers, He showered us with kindness. Oh the depths of pain that we're called to endure - in cultivating healing, by tenuously avoiding denial and cynicism.



How To Get Over The Loss Of Loved Ones

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:56:29 -0500

It's sure that most people will feel massive pain after losing a loved ones. This article shows you how to get over the loss of loved ones and how to heal yourself with time.



The Other Forms of Grief You May Not Notice

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:01:30 -0500

We often assume grief as losing someone we love. While that's true, grief comprises a much more broader area. This article reveals other forms of grief you may not even notice.



The Practical Things You Need To Do After Losing Someone

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:52 -0500

While it may be difficult to think about the practical implications right after a loved one dies, this is something we all need to eventually do. This article shows you what practical things you must do after losing someone.



Why You Should Never Compare Grief With Others

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:04 -0500

Sometimes people think others over-react when they lose someone. While it may seem true to a third party, it's not what's going on with the person being directly affected. This article explains why you should never compare grief with others and judge people as a result.



How To Use Psychotherapy And Other Methods To Approach Grief

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:02:31 -0500

Therapy and counselling can be useful when it comes to dealing with grief. This article explains how you can use psychotherapy and other methods to approach the loss of loved ones.



The 5 Common Stages Of Grief

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:02:21 -0500

Most people go through similar stages when they experience grief. This article explains the 5 common stages of grief based on some psychodynamic research and how you can use them as reference for the future potential use.



When Loss Opens Eternity's Doors Through Grief

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:17:26 -0500

Stories were the theme of my day recently. Narratives of life... of family, distant and imminent, of the weariness of time, of pain and loss, through death and separation... but also of reconnection, of hope for a future beyond loss, of achievement underpinned by purpose.



A Loving Gift From The Other Side

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:29:32 -0500

After loosing a loved one so many people suffer tremendously with a horrible sense of loss and grief. I feel absolutely compelled to tell the story of a profound experience shared while conducting a session in psychic mediumship with new clients who'd just unexpectedly lost a loved one weeks before. It always brings such joy to my heart and soul to have the opportunity to observe or be a part of reconnecting loved ones existing in separate planes of existence. Although it is a work gaining more and more understanding, our society, and science are just scratching the surface of understanding communication between the world of the living and those who have transitioned in death. It can be such powerful work, bringing healing, love, and peace to those who research, prepare, and approach it with an open heart and mind.



Emerging From The Dark Side of Grief

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:14:20 -0500

Grief is one of the most profound and painful human emotions. Your dreadful sadness and subsequent mourning may be a consequence of one of innumerable circumstances. You feel torn apart inside and sorrow has settled in your heart and mind like a dark heavy fog. You have cause to mourn. Only when you understand what grief is, and how powerfully it can imprison your thoughts, emotions, and even your whole persona, can you begin to work through your grief. Understanding your grief and what you can do about healing helps you begin your healing journey to a healthier happier place.



9/11 In The Blink Of An Eye

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:46:15 -0500

This is the story behind my 9/11 parable entitled; "In The Blink Of An Eye" that I wrote on behalf of the families who lost loved ones on September 11th 2001. In a world that's increasingly plagued by so many random acts of senseless violence, there seems to be nothing left to say that can rationalize its cowardly actions, but on this the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 and the loss of so many mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, daughters & sons, I pray that the following parable brings some small measure of solace. Unfortunately like...



When Pain Is All Around - Losing Your Child

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:28:21 -0500

Dead... the finality of this word is profound. Mind numbing shock accompanies gut-wrenching pain. No more chances, no second guesses, nothing at all, just gone. 'It can't be true' is all we can muster as we absorb this life altering change. Surely it can't be true. Yesterday now becomes our last normal day, there are no tomorrows for our child. Our children are the future we knew we could count on, no matter what else may change. They represent tomorrows; they're not supposed to leave before we do.



Finding Peace and Joy After Grief

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:33:26 -0500

If you can't find reasons to be joyful, your perspective needs changed. Peace and joy go together. Grief doesn't only present aching of the heart and mind but also new possibilities and new roots for growth. Finding Healing, peace and joy after grief involves a specific conditioning of the mind and a positioning of the heart. A steady satisfaction of contentment, confidence and hope are required. Joy is something that is deep within and doesn't leave hurriedly. It is more than a fleeting happiness. The circumstances leading to your grief may even result in your inability to fully recover, but seizing every opportunity to reclaim your life should be your prime objective.



When Sorrow Finds Adequate Expression in Words

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:52:40 -0500

In the age of computers, still nearly fifteen years ago now, I had a typewriter. It's okay. I didn't want the garish IBM laptop that my previous employer had supplied me, with phone and car (so they could have access to my entire life). The typewriter did not come with obligations; it did what I wanted it to do. With diligent obedience it struck ink onto a sheet of paper with the precise purpose that my emotional fingers conveyed. So many times that typewriter subserviently acted as the mediator in my grief.



The Birth of Change in Grief As Compensation for Loss

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:41:50 -0500

What takes us to that soul stillness of poise amid the grief in loss where we grapple seismic moments? There is the need of hope. And the Lord's provision is found in the birth of change in and through us; change, albeit, we'd never wish ever to be forced to encounter and experience.



The Etiquette of Sympathy: When a Colleague or Client Suffers a Loss

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:54:17 -0500

Join a business etiquette and modern manners expert as she discusses the etiquette of sympathy. Learn how to handle a situation when a colleague, co-worker or a business associate suffers a loss.



Is Healing Your Grief Like A System Restore Initializing Button?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:54:15 -0500

Grief is one of the most profound and painful human emotions. Your dreadful sadness and subsequent mourning may be a consequence of one of innumerable circumstances. Some examples might include a severe cancer diagnosis, becoming permanently disabled, or an amputation. Perhaps you are a wounded warrior struggling with visible or invisible wounds. You may be reeling with pain from the loss of a loved one. Whatever the cause you now have a necessary opportunity to decide how you will deal with your personal circumstance. Deal with it you must.