Journey of Hearts™
was designed to be a Healing Place with resources and support to help those
in the grief process following a loss or a significant life change. Education
is one of the best ways to understand the grief response and aide people
in recovering from loss. This website contains a variety of different Grief
AIDEs to help in the education process including information, techniques
for coping, resources, and links to other websites. Grief AIDEs help people
understand and work through the grief process following a loss, how to
survive present and past losses and how to cope when old losses become
felt anew, or new losses occur.
Soaring™ is offered as another Grief AIDE to help
in surviving a loss, be it acute or long- standing. The concept is probably
best utilized in circumstances that require picking oneself up following
the loss and restoring self-esteem and self-confidence. The types of losses
or crises would include relationship, occcupation, financial setbacks,
diagnoses with long-standing medical conditions etc. These losses require
that one accept and integrate the loss and recognize that their life is
forever changed. Ultimately, the grieving person emerges from the crisis
changed or reborn and transformed, as the butterfly, and stronger and victorious,
as the phoenix with the ability to SOAR.™
The Soaring™ concept is based on Transitional
Medicine which is designed to help a grieving person in the
transformational process following a loss, going from loss through transition
to reach healing. In this process of working through the grief following
a loss, a person is forever changed.
In the grief process a person first must experience
the loss or life-changing event. Then there is a transition time that involves assimilating, if
necessary reframing, the loss and/or events. In time reconciliation and amelioration of the loss or
events occur allowing the person to begin living again and reach healing. The ideal for Transitional
Medicine is to help a grieving person in the transformational process following a loss, going
from loss through transition to reach healing.
Key Points of the Transitional Process
Transitional Medicine is for the grieving person
who recognizes the need to change and have
decided it is time to stop suffering. In this
process the grieving person:
Significant losses or life-changing crisis force
people to change. The concept of Soaring™ can provide people with a framework
for transitioning through that change: Sensing the need and determining
it is time to change. Opening the mind and the heart to change. Ameliorate
the Grief and assimilating the loss. Reconcile the loss, releasing the
pain (if possible) and finally recognizing you are forever transformed.
Adapts to the change in situation following a loss
or a significant life-altering event.
Reconciles the loss or ameliorates the grief.
Assimilates the change.
Emerges transformed by the loss.
Recognizing that loss is an instrument for change
and that a person is forever changed following a loss, the focus in Transitional
Medicine is on the transformation process. Crises can be viewed
as a chance for self-assessment and personal growth that may force a person
to critically evaluate the situation and find the opportunity frequently
previously overlooked or unconsidered prior to the life-altering circumstance.
It is important to remember that although grief is a powerful, universal
emotion, but is most often survivable. Grieving people must recognize that
they often do not get over grief, rather in time they learn how to integrate
the loss or change into their lives and keep living. Out of the pain may
come richer and more rewarding life.
time the truth shines through
And the spirit knows
what it has to do
Somewhere in you there's
a power with no name
It can rise to meet the
moment and burn like a flame
And you can be stronger
than anything you know
Hold on to what you see
Don't let it go