IT’S OKAY TO DISCONNECT

The grief journey wants you to slow down and be still. For the most part, a person can do little else. The early days of loss are overwhelming and filled with confusion, numbness, endless tears, chaos, and sleepless nights. It’s a challenge to get out of bed let alone shower and get dressed. Although we […]

Read More...

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 […]

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...

ANNOUNCING A FUND TO HELP THOSE THROUGH LOSS

-ywmO7JZjOkaBW3rsmAvR29Sum3N7uXxRKgBse-Pshg

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 […]

Read More...

LOVING YOURSELF IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE HEALING JOURNEY

DefaultBlogImg

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 […]

Read More...

MEMORY GARDEN

XeZkgfQQSPbMIYthhRuEC60Ca5Ckqcs5WySI1ovgj68

Much like a memory collage, my belief is that a memory garden serves to facilitate a way for family and friends to enjoy memories of their loved one. A memory garden is a place of healing. It allows one to suspend life and to walk or sit in solitude while reflecting on the person who […]

Read More...

WHO IS THIS PERSON? THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER OF BRAIN INJURY & LOSS

May 28 blog

Everyone has experienced a situation where the response of another leaves us wondering… who is this person? His or her reaction may be so over the top that you don’t recognize them. Or perhaps you have received this stinging feedback about yourself from others. The emotional roller coaster of brain injury and loss is suffered […]

Read More...

DON’T TAKE A BITTER PAST INTO THE FUTURE

ISMfSHlZ1qMz1O4ybdy3_oTTmNBLmpK0IA9D4AeHasU

I don’t know anyone who has ALL happy memories. Life hands out both happy and sad memories. It gives us good and bad. Did you know that by dwelling on the bitter memories of the past that you are giving power to whatever it is that happened? Emotions are extremely powerful whether they are negative […]

Read More...

HOLDING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

tOJKvzEVcSBLED5hAzdoH3gh054xb5fVhsck18EflK0

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 […]

Read More...

AMBIGUOUS GRIEF

YxlJpjIlfSv_3BiwcJSZJ0bmGg3QtukkBy5EgVrMkOY

Ambiguous grief may be a term that you are unfamiliar with. It refers to a continuous grief… a painful journey that goes on and on with no ending in sight. I prefer to include this type of grief with my definition of Extraordinary Grief, which essentially means a sorrow that is unusual or remarkable. When […]

Read More...