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th[1]One way I coped through grief in my widowhood was traveling. When I see opportunities like this, I want to share this information with other widows/widowers or if you know someone who is….2019 BEREAVEMENT CRUISE through Journeys of Hope, Healing and Health.

Some info from the flyer they have sent out….

CruiseBereavement Cruise III
The Bereavement Cruise is set to sail March 3-10, 2019

Give yourself or someone you love A Gift of Understanding…

You are invited to join us on a Journey of Hope Healing & Health, LLC Bereavement Cruise III
Experiencing profound loss on any level presents a painful challenge, and many people are unprepared for the grieving process that follows. But a new “healing” concept, Seminars at Sea Program, led by Linda Findlay & Glen Lord hopes to give those who are suffering from grief the tools they need to better understand their pain and cope with their loss. The cruise offers a healing opportunity for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, no matter how much time has passed.
The bereavement cruise will provide an opportunity for our guests to better understand their grief journey, receive compassionate support and enhance their coping skills. Our workshops and activities will take place on the days that we are out to sea. There will be plenty of time to relax, spend time with others and share meals with new friends and much more. Participants will also have time to explore off ship excursions. You choose how you spend your time with us.
The Bereavement Cruise is a powerful transformational journey at sea honoring and celebrating the lives of our lost loved ones. It is an opportunity to experience an inspiring continuation of healing that will be shared in a nurturing community of people who are or have been where you are in your grief journey-no matter how much time has passed.

For more information, please contact: Linda Findlay 315-725-6132
Visit: www.j3hhh.com
You can register for the cruise on the event website.

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a6d35804-7b97-4538-90e0-5ba63074b195[1]My church put together five simple concepts they felt were important about making New Year’s Resolutions. So they wanted to remind us of those:
1) Keep it Simple
2) Include others
3) Celebrate Accomplishments
4) Encourage Often
5) Focus on the Big Picture
Additionally, they sent an exercise that would be a great way to finish out 2017 and begin 2018: I filled it out and it was a great reflection from the year past and the year to come!

 

 

2017:

2 FAVORITE MEMORIES

  1. Buying a new home
  2. Road-trip with my sister

3 THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR

  1. My parents moved to GA
  2. My daughter was OK after her accident
  3. Everyone in our family had good health last year

1 HARD LESSON I LEARNED

  1. I can’t do everything! God is still in control!

1 THING I DID THIS YEAR I’M PROUD OF

  1. I reconnected with several family members

2018:

3 PLACES I WANT TO GO

  1. San Francisco- to see my new granddaughter in April
  2. Florida- to go to my friend’s son’s wedding
  3. To the Georgia mountains in the Fall

2 WAYS I CAN HELP OTHERS

  1. Pursue my job as a Social Worker
  2. Pursue selling my book to help other widows

1 THING I WANT TO GET BETTER AT

  1. Marketing my book by giving Speeches

2 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

  1. Meeting my new grandbaby
  2. My Step-daughter’s wedding

3 NEW THINGS I WANT TO TRY

  1. Doing Grief presentations
  2. Sticking to more healthy eating
  3. Trying new recipes

This is my list so now it’s your turn!

 

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th[3]Grief is not only about losing a loved one, but also about losing our life as we know it.

Since many people will be affected from the Hurricanes this season, I wanted to share a post from Ferree, my widow friend, that was related to “Harvey”.

Widow’s Christian Place shares a face post from a Katrina survivor to share her testimony and advice on how we still need a great God!

 

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Grief CareThis is a Grief Ministry Resource for churches to support individuals through their grief journeys. The Journey in Grief Care course will give the leader confidence and skill to work with those who have just lost their loved one. Designed for the leader to teach in a group setting, or for the individual to take the course at home.

http://www.griefcarefellowship.org/

Grief Training & Grief Support Curriculum For Churches & Individuals

All our materials are written for the churches to help support their ministry to those who have lost loved ones. It is written to comfort people who have lost their loved one, increase their knowledge of what God says about death and the hereafter, and eventually equip them to be an active partner in the church’s care team.

Hope Beyond Today is a six week program consisting of one hour sessions. Each session begins with a 30 minute DVD, which is followed by discussion time for the group to share their own thoughts, words of encouragement and comfort. It is the purpose of Hope Beyond Today to provide hurting people with practical ways to deal with their pain as a result of a life changing loss.

I wanted to share this resource I found through my friend, Ferree, who has a very informative website for widows:

http://www.widowschristianplace.com/

 

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Visit the website for additional info!

Metromusictherapyga.com/songs-of-hope

Songs of Hope 2017 Summer Camp

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Kids Camp offered through Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation

Do you know a child who is grieving due to a recent loss?   We still have openings for our Kid’s Camp sponsored by Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation!   Our camp is overseen by credentialed and licensed Clinical and Master’s level Social Worker and Psychology staff.  Our camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and specialize in grief and loss.    Kid’s Camp has designed fun, interactive activities for the children, age 6 to 12, to bond and share, play and gain tools to help them with their grief.

For some reason I couldn’t get the link to copy…so please go to the following website for more information. Sorry!

https://crhcf.org/Crossroads-Kids/

A place for grieving children to connect.

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What do we do when our life falls apart and we can’t put it back together the way it was? It’s as if we worked all weekend putting together a puzzle with 1000 pieces. We only have about 20 pieces to go when the dog runs through the family room chasing the cat, slams into the card table sending the puzzle pieces flying through the air. Pieces land everywhere; in the fish tank, in sis’s plate of food and glass of wine and even between couch cushions! We realize we’ll never be able to put the puzzle back together.

Isn’t that the way it goes in our lives sometimes?

It may be an earthquake, flood or tornado that scatters our material possessions all over the place. Or a divorce that scatters family members into several different states. Perhaps there’s an illness and an early, unexpected retirement surfaces. Or what about an accident that causes someone to become a paraplegic. They can no longer drive their dream car.

So now what??? First we must go through the grieving process and come to accept our loss. Maybe then, instead of seeing our glass half empty we can see it as our glass half filled.

When our material possessions are scattered from a natural disaster, we may find the sugar bowl and creamer set from our fine china that was intact. We might place it on the mantel or table as an even more cherished item. In a divorce, or death of a spouse, it may be establishing a better relationship with our children. In other life altering situations from illness or an accident, it may be giving up a career and going back to school for more education to pursue another passion.

For the paraplegic who had to give up his job, perhaps with a settlement, he’s able to pursue a passion for painting and become an artist. Having the funds to travel the world and paint the most amazing paintings. These are goals to give us hope. It’s finding a new path in life and viewing new scenery along the way.

So like putting a puzzle together, we have to put a plan together….

For some, we may need a life coach to get us started or to guide us through the process. It’s a matter of making goals and breaking it down into one step at a time and “To Do Lists”.

In a divorce or family death, a goal may be getting counseling for the children. What would be the first step? From experience, my first step was to research professional counselors. Step 2 was calling and setting up an appointment. The third step was taking my children to the appointment. Once we managed to get there, the counselor then had steps for us to meet our own goals.

I’m sure most of us have had a life detour at one time or another. As we made a new normal, it was like taking a different path on our journey and experiencing new scenery.

In my situation of becoming a widow, I had to give up my job. This led me to go back to college at the age of 37. You’re never too old for an education! I took an Anthropology course and traveled to the Yucatan in Mexico. I was able to climb the incredible Mayan Ruins and sleep on the Guatemala beach listening to the howling monkeys near by in the jungle.

This only enriched my life as I began putting my life back together with new pieces and making a new picture. So despite our life detours, we can always regain our hope in a new journey!

 

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