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 […]

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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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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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WHO IS IN YOUR SAFETY NET?

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Old-fashioned circus acts like walking the tightrope have evolved to elaborate and finely orchestrated Cirque du Soliel type performances. Nonetheless, I am still spellbound by someone walking high above the crowd on a tightrope, placing one foot in front of the other ever so carefully. It takes courage, focus and concentration and a desire to stay […]

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

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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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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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NATIONAL DAY OF HONOUR TO RECOGNIZE FALLEN CANADIANS

May 9th is the appointed National Day of Honour to Recognize Fallen Canadians who have given of their lives while representing our country. This day will also recognize Canadians injured or who developed an illness while serving in our forces. The deaths and impact of injury and illness will have significant impact on their families, […]

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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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