WAYS TO COPE AT CHRISTMAS

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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 […]

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ACCEPTANCE IS NOT DEFEAT. IT IS WHERE YOU BEGIN.

March 16 2014 Acceptance

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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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 […]

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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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THE SIMPLE THINGS

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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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LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IS A NORMAL GRIEF RESPONSE

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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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THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

Oct 2

Love and friendship are the underpinning of anyone’s journey in life. We all need friends who are true and accept us for who we are—warts and all. We all need and want love in life. Moreover, I believe each of us wants to be a good friend and to love others too. We are human […]

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ANNOUNCING A FUND TO HELP THOSE THROUGH LOSS

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This announcement is near and dear to my heart. My brother, Brian’s middle name was Ranica; since he and my husband died, I have wanted to open Ranica House – a bereavement centre to help people through loss. I am not there yet; however, I have recently established Ranica House Press for my books to be published under […]

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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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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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