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March 16 2014 Acceptance

ACCEPTANCE IS NOT DEFEAT. IT IS WHERE YOU BEGIN.

Motivational speaker Tom Krause said, “When life knocks you down, you have two choices—stay down or get up.” That is easier said than done, especially when something catastrophic happens and causes significant life changes. You can’t say, “It’s done and get on with it.” Life, tragedy, and healing don’t work that way. A brain injury isn’t […]

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CALL FOR STORIES: THE TRIBUTE TRILOGY

I am seeking families of fallen police officers, soldiers, and first responders who are willing to share their journey through grief for the following books: Families Behind the Flag: A Tribute to Families of Fallen Soldiers Families Behind the Badge: A Tribute to Families of Fallen Police Officers Families Behind the Uniform: A Tribute to […]

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Nov 13 Your Story

YOUR STORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY THERE IS

I have had the privilege to work with many individuals who are experiencing loss or have experienced a loss through death, divorce, catastrophic injury and/or illness. I meet people every day whose heart has been shattered for one reason or another. I have family members very near and dear to me struggling to accept losses in their […]

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ~ I PROMISE!

It is normal to fear that we will forget our loved one who has died, or that others will forget them. I promise you … you won’t. How could you? Sure, as time passes you may forget the smaller details, but the person and what they meant to you in life will not drift away. […]

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MOURNING AVOIDANCE DOESN’T END THE PAIN

Postponing grief, or at least attempting to postpone grief, is not uncommon. It’s not healthy, in my opinion, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, in 2011 the StarTribune ran an online article about families postponing their loved one’s funeral or memorial service for several reasons. The justifications included: The family is busy (e.g. vacation planned) […]

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To Die in Service ~ Heartbreak for a Nation

On October 22, 2014, a Canadian soldier was killed as he stood guard at our National War Memorial in Ottawa. The day before, two soldiers were deliberately rundown in a Montreal parking lot by a newly converted jihadist: one of them died. Our flag is flying at half-mast. The deaths of these two soldiers will have […]

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THE SIMPLE THINGS

Why do coffee and weekend mornings go together so well? It’s like a little piece of heaven to slow things down and enjoy some time to relax with a good cup of coffee, a good book, or good company. It’s something that we often take for granted. When life takes a sudden turn upside down […]

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Confidence Oct 9

LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IS A NORMAL GRIEF RESPONSE

The other day I was talking to a client about confidence after one has suffered a loss. It sparked me to look at all the ways in which one’s confidence can be shattered. Events such as the death of a loved one, infidelity, divorce, relationship changes, a job loss, financial disaster and compromised health all […]

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