Turning the Anguish of Grief and Loss into Hope and Healing

Allowing ourselves to deeply feel our pain in a safe environment can open us to acceptance and peace. By allowing ourselves to experience and express our suffering, we can see that suffering is common to all, and that understanding helps us find a meaningful way to grow, transform hopelessness into hope and possibility. When you experience your own unique grief, you can tap into its universality which will lessen feelings of hopelessness and isolation. You will also feel a deeper connection with others and the human condition. This is the transpersonal and transformative work of healing grief.

Feelings of pain from the loss of a loved one can be hard on our emotions, but are a normal and healthy part of life.  Feelings of grief from even small losses in day-to-day life transitions at home or work can also make us feel overwhelmed, but are also normal.  The hard part is to get through the door that leads to a place of healing and peace.

In my practice, I use a strength and health based approach. I believe that each human being possesses inherent wisdom to access their strengths and resilience in times of suffering. In the journey of grief and loss, your strengths can be obscured by the intensity of your feelings of helplessness and loss.  I can help you create some space around that intensity, to give a new perspective and hope for change, transformation, and transition in your life.
 Allowing ourselves to deeply feel our pain in a safe environment can open us to acceptance and peace. By allowing ourselves to experience and express our suffering, we can see that suffering is common to all, and that understanding helps us find a meaningful way to grow, transform hopelessness into hope and possibility. When you experience your own unique grief, you can tap into its universality which will lessen feelings of hopelessness and isolation. You will also feel a deeper connection with others and the human condition.  This is the transpersonal and transformative work of healing grief.
If you are experiencing grief or loss, I can help you navigate life’s difficult transitions and transform them into healing and growth.
Written By: Beth Patterson
Initially posted on 4/18/2008
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I am a hospice-trained grief counselor, and have a specialty in grief, loss and life transition issues. I am also a certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, and am certified to practice Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) – a scientifically proven and effective tool for working with trauma. I have extensive experience working with individuals of all ages, from children to elders, as well as groups, families and caregivers.

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