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August 28

FINDING COMFORT WITH LINKING AND TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS

It is perfectly normal for people to keep an item of clothing or a piece of jewellery belonging to a loved one after they die. Sometimes this is reflected in a person’s will where they want specific item to be given to certain people. Sometimes it is an offering determined by family members wanting to […]

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PLEASE PRAY FOR US

Next week I am hosting my first annual Healing Hearts Retreat. We will come together for healing through stories, music, sharing, ceremony and learning. I ask that you pray for those attending so they may find peace and comfort in their memories but also to find the strength and courage to do the work of […]

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THE IMPORTANCE & BENEFIT OF PEER SUPPORT

Peer Support is essentially individuals supporting other individuals with similar or shared experiences. This support is offered one-to-one or in a group setting. The benefits of peer support are numerous, including that the supporter has credibility and is trusted because they have been through a similar experience. It’s important for the person needing support to know […]

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IS YOUR CHRONIC PAIN ACTUALLY SOMATICIZED GRIEF?

  The Institute of Medicine reported that nearly 1/3 of all Americans (116 million) live with chronic pain. Chronic pain can include joint pain, stomach aches and headaches and the impact it can have on an individual’s day-to-day life cannot be dismissed. Not all chronic pain is related to grieving; however, it does have the ability […]

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THE #1 REASON SELF-HELP PROGRAMS DON’T WORK

Arguably, not every self-help guru is going to connect with every person on the planet. We all have different learning styles and personality preferences. If I don’t feel a connection with a person’s teaching style or writing style, I have a much harder time getting through the material. But that’s not the reason that self-help programs or […]

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July 24

HEART VS. HEAD

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 over what has happened to us. Grieving and mourning is heart work. This […]

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July 17 no time frame

DON’T EXPECT TO GET OVER GRIEF

How many of you have heard, “It’s been long enough. You should be over this by now!” Easier said than done! It’s easy for the person saying that and impossible for the person living it. First and foremost, we don’t dictate the time it takes to grieve and mourn our losses, we only get to do […]

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July 10 extraordinary loss

EXTRAORDINARY LOSS

Loss is different for each person. None of us can judge or measure the impact for another, but we can allow them to teach us the magnitude of their loss and how it has ffected them. We can honour that their grief journey is unique to them and the bumps and boulders they encounter along the […]

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