Why Choose from Grief to Life?
If you are looking for a space to share your experiences, learn [more] about grief, and find a way to move forward with it, I encourage you to reach out to begin your healing journey. Let me help you find a way to get back to living in the [present] moment, and together we can find the gratitude & joy each new day brings to cherish those we lost and embrace the ones who are still here beside us.
Our unique approach is rooted in empathy, mindfulness, acceptance, and behavioral change strategies.
Certified Grief Coach
As a certified professional with extensive training in grief coaching, we are committed to providing
high-quality support to help you find new and innovative ways to grow and heal.
No two journeys of grief/loss are the same. There is no blueprint when it comes to grief/loss. In fact, no two people embark upon grief the same way. We know that everyone’s grief journey is different, and we will work [together] to find a path that is right for you.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Confidentiality is of utmost importance in the coaching relationship, and as a grief coach, we take it seriously. Your privacy is paramount, and we are committed to creating a safe and supportive space where you can freely express yourself without fear of judgment or disclosure to others.
Our virtual coaching sessions make our services accessible to clients worldwide; Providing flexibility in scheduling to accommodate one’s needs and preferences.
Most Frequent Questions and Answers
How Does Coaching Differ From Therapy and Counseling?
Classic grief therapy and/or counseling involve an exploratory dive that goes in-depth (i.e., history/background) to help understand how you got to this [present] moment. However, Grief Coaching, by contrast, takes a forward-looking approach, with an emphasis on creating a blueprint of the future you want to move towards… getting closer to healing yourself. Drawn from the word “stagecoach,” coaching focuses on finding solutions that will take you from one point to the next. You pick the destination, then in partnership with a coach, you embark upon a journey that moves from where you are now to where you want to be mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
What Role Does The Coach Play?
As your coach, I will be an advocate, cheerleader, and a friend. I help you clarify and sharpen your agenda; identify and remove the obstacles that may be standing in your way; point out and take the necessary steps that will help turn your inner longings into reality. Along the way, I’ll occasionally give manageable tasks to help us both ensure that you are taking concrete actions that move closer to realizing and accomplishing your goals. As the steps accumulate, you begin to feel momentum returning to your life. Your perspective — both inner and outer — will begin to shift. The sorrow that was dragging you down or making you feel stuck will lessen. In its place, the rekindling of confidence and determination, optimism and joy will manifest. This change will reconnect with the one person who matters the most at that moment: YOU!
How Can A Grief Coach Help?
As your coach, I help you to reconnect with your strengths, coping strategies, and self-care practices to manage both grief and emotions. In addition, help you reset relationships, engage in new activities, and connect with inner resources that give your life a new sense of purpose. Let me be clear – I make no assumptions about what you must feel, think, or want during this challenging time. Rather, I come to our sessions with an open mind and a listening ear that is deeply attuned to the other person (i.e. YOU), who knows how best to get life moving forward again. The key person to this journey is YOU! Together, we explore feelings, strengths, untapped potential, and the thoughts that may be impeding or slowing your healing journey. Lastly, you and I will collaborate with each other to help identify and apply the necessary steps that will restore momentum back into your life.
GRIEF MYTHS… THEY ARE INDEED OUT THERE!
What Are They?
Myth #1: Grief Follows A Predictable Timeline. 'Time Heals All Wounds"
Truth: In all transparency – Time (itself) never said it will ‘heal’ your wounds/pain. Time is doing its job, which is to give us a continuous sequence to just exist and any events that occur in succession from past, to present, and into the future. It is up to the person to choose if (and when) they are ready to face grief and do the necessary work to move forward with it, while getting back to living the moment. Grief is a [highly] individualized process that doesn’t follow a specific timeline. Bottom line – everyone experiences grief differently, and there’s no set timeline for healing.
Myth #2: Grief Only Affects Us Emotionally
Truth: Grief can impact you physically, socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. People may experience fatigue (physical), changes in relationships (socially), anger/sadness (emotions/mentally), and other symptoms in addition to the grieving process.
Myth #3: You Should "Move On" From Grief Quickly
Truth: Let’s be clear – there is no such thing as ‘move on quickly’ when it comes to grief. It is a natural and necessary process that cannot be rushed. You can’t suppress it or get around it or underneath it, or even [truly] ignore it. It’s important to allow yourself time to grieve and learn how to process the journey at your own pace.
Myth #4: Grief Is Something You Have To Go Through Alone
Truth: This is a definite false claim! Yes, while everyone’s grief is unique, it’s important to have support from others during the grieving process. Will there be times that you’ll feel lonely in the process? – Absolutely! However, that doesn’t mean you have to be alone on the journey towards healing. Whether it’s through talking to friends and family or seeking professional help with a grief coach or counselor/therapist, reaching out to others can be helpful in moving forward with it and getting back to living in the [present] moment.
Myth #5: Grief Only Occurs After A Loved One's Death
Truth: Here’s a quote that is often heard about the subject… “We Grieve Because We Loved!” Grieving can occur and be experienced after any major loss or change, including the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, or a major life transition. It’s important to acknowledge and allow yourself to grieve these losses as well.
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A safe space to have candid conversations surrounding the many of facets of 'Grief'. How do you handle the process - while moving forward with it, and ultimately getting back to living in the moment? Come on this journey as we navigate grief thru the art of storytelling!