HAVE YOU EVER FOUND THE END OF THE RAINBOW?

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Hoping to find the end of the rainbow is one of our great joys as a child. Our minds are filled with pots of gold and tiny men dressed in green dancing around plucking four-leaf clovers from the lawn. As an adult, we understand it’s a myth; but don’t we keep wishing upon a star […]

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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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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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HEART VS. HEAD

July 24

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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DON’T EXPECT TO GET OVER GRIEF

July 17 no time frame

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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EXTRAORDINARY LOSS

July 10 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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WHEN THERE IS NO END TO GRIEF

Loss is most often associated with a physical death. However, many individuals and families are mourning losses which arise from other means. Catastrophic injury, chronic illness, and progressive and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s catapult millions on to the grief journey each year. Losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s and Dementia is devastating. Family and […]

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TRANSITIONAL LOSSES

We most often associate loss with a death; however, the same grief emotions can take hold for other kinds of losses too. You may be experiencing a transitional losses which happens with employment (laid-offs, downsizing, retirement), a child getting married or leaving home, or even moving to a new community. Adults usually find moving to a new community exciting […]

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Some time ago, I took my grandsons to see the classic children’s film, The Land Before Time. This heartwarming tale of baby orphaned dinosaurs teaches many life lessons in its 69 minutes. Littlefoot loses his mother following a battle with a Tyrannosaurus during the great earthshake. There were four important scenes for me that beautifully […]

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