Many people believe we never fully heal from grief. That depends upon your definition of healing. We are definitely forever changed by loss but we do not need to be forever wounded by it. It is important to know we can and will get to the other side. Elizabeth Neeld, author of the book 7 Choices, beautifully describes what healing from grief looks when she writes, “What I now realized was that my life was no longer dominated by the presence of loss. I did again take joy in living. I had done the work that was necessary to be able to say, ‘I have grieved.’” Having walked this soul path myself, I would be honored to walk this ultimate journey of love, loss, and healing with you. Book your free consultation today >
My perspective on grief work can be described as holistic and integrated.
Most therapists approach such work only from the emotional & psychological perspective, leaving out the possibility of an ongoing spiritual connection. Many New Age practitioners conversely focus on the spiritual connection, and often dismiss the very real loss that has happened in one’s physical world. In my work with clients, first and foremost, I always meet them where they are, gently encouraging them to honor their pain and loss as well as to cultivate a new purely spiritual connection with their loved one. To best fit the needs of my clients over the years I have developed and refined this healing work into a 13 week proprietary program called H - E - R - E.
Heal – Explore – Refine - Emerge
H – E – R – E program was developed by Your Soul Path to guide you in the process of recovering from grief.
H - E - R - E is a holistic & comprehensive grief recovery program working with the stages of Heal - Explore - Refine - Emerge. It is based in the recognition we need to go deep into our healing - emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical - to recover from the wounds of grief. It also embraces the understanding we will never be the same person as we were before the loss. Healing is not going back to where we were. It is moving forward with deeper understanding, greater compassion, and a renewed commitment to life. It is an honoring that, having done the work, we can emerge from the depths of our despair stronger and more whole, despite the scars.
This 13-session journey gently walks us through the process of opening up to what we want those changes to be and how we can bring them forth in our life. While it would be fantasy to expect grieving to be finished at the end of the program, you will have increased your awareness of how grief is impacting your life and acquired tools to support healing. Some clients also choose to go deeper in areas where they feel more work is needed and therefore add on additional sessions to the end of the program. In any case, the intent of H - E - R - E is to offer grounding and stability at a time when life feels anything but stable.
As in any grief recovery program (including Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages of grief), H - E - R - E is not a direct, linear process. There is a lot of back-and-forth. It is designed to be spacious enough to meet each individual wherever he / she may be and also specific enough to address the following goals:
In order to achieve this, the 13 sessions of H-E-R-E address such topics as:
• Recognizing and working with the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional impact of grief
• Letting go of the energy of grief
• Continuing a relationship that serves you with the spirit of your loved one
• Identifying how your life has changed with the loss and how to work with that
• Assessing your beliefs about life and death
• Exploring what calls to you now
• Setting goals and intentions around who you want to be and what you want to create
For the full outline of the 13 sessions, please contact AnnE at AnnE@yoursoulpath.com or book your free consultation below to see if H - E - R - E is right for you! Consultations are available via Skype, over the phone, or in person in our Great Barrington, MA offices.
Southern Berkshire Community Bereavement Circle
The only way to heal from grief is to go through the process. To do this, we need to tell our stories and be around those who can accept and support us, wherever we are in our healing. Join our bimonthly gathering for those navigating their own way through the loss of a loved one.
2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7:00-8:30pm at the Your Soul Path Offices, 4 Castle St Suite 14, GB. Please preregister by calling 917.748.8463 or emailing AnnE@yoursoulpath.com. Suggested donation $10/session; no one turned away. Facilitated by Rev. AnnE O’Neil, CGC. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->
Letting Go of the Energy of Grief
Grief impacts our life in so many ways, including the dulling of our energy. The energy of grief is heavy and onerous. It drags us down – at a time when we are already feeling dragged down. Working to identify and release this energy is a major step in recovering from grief. This workshop will provide you with tools and exercises to do just that.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00-8:30pm at the Your Soul Path offices, 4 Castle St, Suite 14, GB. Call 917.748.8463 or email AnnE@yoursoulpath.com with questions or to register. Facilitated by Rev AnnE O’Neil, CGC, $20 requested contribution. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->
Calling Back Your Energy
As we travel through our lives, we leave a bit of our energy behind wherever we go and whatever we do. This can be heightened during times of profound loss or trauma. In this powerful One Light Healing Touch Orange Ball meditation/guided visualization healing, we will call back our energy and essence in order to more fully and authentically embody our true selves.
Monday, March 21st, 7:00-8:00pm at the Your Soul Path offices, 4 Castle St, Suite 14, GB. Call 917.748.8463 or email AnnE@yoursoulpath.com with questions or to register. Facilitated by Rev AnnE O’Neil, CGC, $20 requested contribution. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->
Transforming Your Relationship With One Who Has Passed
Most psychological models of addressing grief focus only on coming to emotional closure, while New Age practices often recognize ongoing spiritual connection, but do not deal with the pain of having lost someone dear to us. During this evening, we will find the middle road between those paths by looking at the hard realities of mourning while also inviting a new and more open spiritual connection with our loved one’s soul. We will explore writing exercises, one-on-one conversation, and guided meditation in this evening of healing, sharing, and opening.
Tuesday, March 15th, 7:00-8:30pm at the Your Soul Path offices, 4 Castle St, Suite 14, GB. Call 917.748.8463 or email AnnE@yoursoulpath.com with questions or to register. Facilitated by Rev AnnE O’Neil, CGC, $20 requested contribution. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->
A Day of Healing
In this full-day class, you will
- Review Six Sacred Practices for healing
- Receive an acclaimed, 9-point protocol to protect you and the person receiving healing.
- Learn how to scan someone’s energy field
- Be taught radiant and distance energy healing techniques
- … and more!
Future dates TBA. Facilitated by Rev AnnE O’Neil, CGC. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->
Vulnerability of Grief: A Creative Exploration
We will delve into an exploration and expression of how grief and vulnerability work together. We look at how scary this can be, as well as how heart-opening and healing. Participants are given the opportunity to choose their creative modality: writing, drawing, movement, or any other practice they may prefer. Supplies such as paper, pens, and colored pencils will be provided.
Sunday, February 28th, 2:00-5:00pm at the Your Soul Path offices, 4 Castle St, Suite 14, GB. Call 917.748.8463 or email AnnE@yoursoulpath.com with questions or to register. Facilitated by Rev AnnE O’Neil, CGC, $25 requested contribution. Click HERE to view our events calendar -->