“I’m Okay. So You Be Okay, Okay?”

DRsbjXSn2YGxt03-b50QCdouN0e3JIOHqhafIsMmd6U

The famous self-help book I’m Ok, You’re Ok was written in the late 1960s by Thomas Anthony Harris. Over 15 million copies of this book, which is about Transactional Analysis, have sold over the years. Transactional Analysis explains the three observable ego-states (Parent, Adult, and Child) as the basis for content and quality of interpersonal […]

Read More...

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) By Janelle Breese Biagioni To Live a Life of Service We choose to live a life of service. For some this means living a life of devotion in […]

Read More...

LOSS OF FAITH

9F4Adkbkw28lgUPyqjejKugRcCe-LJTVgCrYDb6s_Jg

There are a number of ways that we can lose faith. When someone disappoints or betrays us, we lose faith in them. Individuals experiencing the death of a loved or a significant loss (e.g. job loss) may also say they have lost faith in God, the world, society-at-large, or in people they know. This is […]

Read More...

MOURNING AVOIDANCE

1IcJ5G-MfAlKEIN67dNVBpIz2co-77-Q1Ksw5Qyy09E

Losing a loved one is without choice or negotiation. We don’t get to be a part of the decision. The death of a loved one usually blindsides us and then we are forced to try and figure out how to survive the ordeal and a life without them. Doing the work of grieving and mourning is not […]

Read More...

LOSS OF A SIBLING

FERXORAi5o8-fGDXbjQ8iQRI1Sja75eD86rd84hM87w

When my brother died, I felt as though part of me died too. I wasn’t alone in that. Brian’s wife, three children, my mother and my other siblings all felt the same. Brian had a large extended family and a circle of friends who were also devastated by his death. His sudden death left a huge void for […]

Read More...

Creating Ritual and Ceremony

Ritual and ceremony is an important way to mark milestones in life. Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings, and graduations are events infused with ritual and ceremony. It’s important to mark holidays and “rites of passage” with celebration by taking time from our daily routine to do things differently. When it comes to a loved one’s death, it’s acceptable to […]

Read More...

RESILIENCE DOESN’T TAKE AWAY THE PAIN

45mBlDmIsXNrLh9aW5U5zTfM4EEHg9nNZxBXI0-5_a4,fg4E5FgatwWsr9J9V_7lNVRe32dbmnN7kxRKxAhJdLU

To be resilient means to be able to bounce back from a difficult situation. When people hold the perception that another is strong, they also assume they are resilient and no matter what comes their way, the person is able to bounce back quickly from the situation. This skewed way of thinking is often directed at […]

Read More...

THE TRUE INTENT OF BOXING DAY

Dec 25

For millions, Boxing Day is the highlight of the festive season. They have no issue lining up for hours and hours to get the best buys in the department stores. I, on the other hand, cannot be bothered to step foot anywhere near shopping takes place. Boxing Day originated in the Victorian era and had nothing to […]

Read More...

WAYS TO COPE AT CHRISTMAS

i6YChObnHoDlMkADZlJJgTv9epn_f87Uclt_LibqLzE

Christmas is rich with tradition and filled with joyful festivities. People look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends, exchanging gifts, indulging in delectable treats and reminiscing about the good old days. On the other hand, for bereaved families, the tinsel, decorated trees, and angelic singing of Silent Night, are painful and constant reminders that a […]

Read More...

YOUR STORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY THERE IS

Nov 13 Your Story

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 […]

Read More...