Your Bereavement Counsellor
After our move to Lacombe several years ago, I decided to retire from the school system and pursue a Masters in Psychotherapy and Spirituality, graduating in 2011 with an MPS degree. During this program of studies, I felt called to delve more into the area of grief and loss through independent study and additional specialized training. Having completed 150 hours of instruction with Dr.Alan Wolfelt, Centre for Loss and Life Transition, Fort Collins, CO, I received my certification in Death and Grief Studies in 2012.
I am a member in good standing with the Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) and the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association (CCPA) and have qualified as a Canadian Certified Counsellor. (C.C.C.) I am also a member of the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association and volunteer with the Lacombe Palliative Care Society.
I have also trained as an Angel Therapy Practitioner (2008) certified by Doreen Virtue (ATP®)."Angel Therapy is a non-denominational spiritual healing method that involves working with a person's guardian angels and archangels to heal and harmonize every aspect of life."
Please feel free to contact me should you be interested in knowing more about angel therapy or check out www.angeltherapy.com.
Additionally, in January, 2014, I became a Reiki Practitoner, certified by William Lee Rand, The International Center for Reiki Training, Maui Hi.
"Reiki is a Japenese technique for relaxation that also promotes healing.It is done through touch.A warm and soothing energy flows from the hands into the client, promoting relaxation and releasing tension" William Lee Rand, Reiki, The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual, 2011.
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My Journey Through Grief and Loss
"Loss is an integral part of human existence, a fact which has profound consequences from birth to death" David Peretz
We each experience many losses throughout our lifetime-loss of a job, loss of health, loss of our hopes and dreams, loss of a friendship, to name a few.I recall my very first major loss at the age of seven. A fire destroyed our home and all our meager possessions. The sadness I felt centered more on the fact that a treasured dress lovingly hand crafted by my teacher had gone up in smoke!
However those feelings paled in comparison to the emptiness and profound sadness I experienced when dealing with the death of my spouse in 1982. When I became widowed at such a young age, my world stopped for a long time. The pain of a heart broken open was oftentimes unbearable. Thirty years later the wound may have healed but the scar remains and I have been changed forever. Faith and the support of a loving community of friends and family carried me through what is often referred to as "the dark night of the soul." This is how I came to name my counselling practice having realized that we can heal and find daylight after loss shatters our world.
Since that time I have experienced several other losses through the deaths of close family and friends and even my beloved pets. Does this make me a grief expert? The answer to that is, "There are no grief experts." The experience of grief is as individual as your thumbprint and true expertise in grief and mourning lies within the person who is grieving.
After Death Communication (ADC’s)
“Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly shedding its cocoon.It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow” Elizabeth Kubler - Ross
ADC's are described as a spiritual experience that occurs when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a loved one who has died. Having discovered a book "Hello From Heaven"(Guggenheim and Guggenheim, 1997) and having experienced several of these myself, I decided to do my graduate thesis on this phenomenon. I interviewed other widows who were willing to share similar stories and was amazed that 11 of the 12 documented findings in this book were shared by my co-researchers. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in knowing more about this research.