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A Person's Faith May Change After Loss

A PERSON’S FAITH MAY CHANGE AFTER LOSS

Don’t assume that a person’s faith will get them through a loss. Don’t judge if they express anger towards God. Don’t try to fix it or make it better. Instead, help them to explore their feelings. They will come to their own answers that make sense to them and it is imperative that he is […]

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Unique Grief of Police, Military & First-Responders

THE UNIQUE GRIEF OF POLICE, MILITARY & FIRST-RESPONDERS

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the Unite States (1872-1933) To Live a Life of Service We choose to live a life of service. For some this means living a life of devotion in a religious or spiritual […]

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10 Tips to Help Children in Blended Families

10 TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN IN BLENDED FAMILIES

Families fracture and relationships end. That sounds harsh, but unfortunately, that reality is a very big part of our society. Often children are a part of the relationships that end and it takes incredible focus, patience, and understanding to ensure the kids don’t get caught in the crossfire. There is so much to consider from […]

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IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEART

It’s not all in your head… it is all in your heart! The work of grieving and mourning is heart work not head work. When we stay in our heads while grieving, we over analyze our feelings or dismiss them. We fall prey to the myth that time heals all and we should just get […]

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NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A COUNSELLOR ~ BUT EVERYONE NEEDS A FRIEND

Anyone who is experiencing a painful transition in life needs help now and again. You don’t have to be a counsellor to offer valuable support to them. A family member or friend can provide immeasurable help by sharing a cup of coffee with the person and listening to them talk. Sometimes, however, the person needs […]

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MIXED MESSAGES THAT CONFUSE THE BEREAVED

From sympathy cards to handwritten notes, from neighbors to family, and from social workers to counselors there is plenty of “do this/do that” or “try this/try that” conversations offered to the bereaved. I have been bereaved and I have been the support for others; therefore, I have also been the transmitter and the receiver of […]

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BEING UNSURE HAPPENS AFTER LOSS

My mentor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, taught me to approach clients with a ‘teach me attitude’. I can honestly say that every client DOES teach me something about the grief journey. One, in particular, sparked me to look at all the ways in which one’s confidence can be shattered. Events such as the death of a […]

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THE DESTRUCTIVE PATH OF ADDICTIONS

Addiction comes in all forms: Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex and work to name a few. People can even become addicted to seeking approval and acceptance or to anything that will give them an adrenaline rush. And I am sure you know someone who is even addicted to drama and chaos in his or […]

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