THE GIFT OF HOPE

Jan 1

I consider myself a “hope generator.” I believe that people need hope to do the things they need to do when recovering from loss and tragedy. Imparting hope to them isn’t as easy as it sounds. First of all, the person has to be ready to receive hope. If they can’t take it in, they won’t act […]

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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 […]

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ~ I PROMISE!

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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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LOVING YOURSELF IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE HEALING JOURNEY

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When our hearts break because a loved one dies, we often wander through a field of “should-haves” and “could-haves.” The truth is that even if you had done all of those things before they died, you would still come up with something left undone. It can be difficult to forgive ourselves for having left things unsaid […]

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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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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO DO THE WORK OF MOURNING

June 26

Five-time Grammy Award winner, Shania Twain bared her soul in both the reality series Why Not? (OWN) and book From This Moment On. Shania shares the heart-wrenching loss of her parents who died in a car crash when she was only 22 years old and the painful ending to her marriage following an affair that her husband and […]

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TIME DISTORTION

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You know how when you are on holidays you lose track of time and perhaps go about your day aimlessly not checking the calendar or even your watch? That happens when you are grieving too. The downside is that your sense of time and space are not distorted because you are relaxing and having fun. […]

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LOSS AND ADDICTIONS

There are many things we can become addicted to: Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex and work to name a few. People may even become addicted to seeking approval and acceptance or to anything that will give them an adrenaline rush. In my opinion, people can even be addicted to drama and chaos! People become […]

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HOLDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

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As of yesterday afternoon, fourteen loved ones were confirmed dead and one hundred or more still missing. The hope of finding survivors is waning as each hour passes; however, the families and friends of those missing are desperately praying for a miracle. The recent mudslide near Oso, Washington spans nearly 2 sq. miles. Search and Rescue […]

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