About Loss, Change & Grief ~
Journey of Hearts was created for anyone who has
ever experienced a life-changing loss. This website is for those who are
ready to begin to the long up hill battle to regain their faith, sanity
and security. By providing education, information and resources we hope
to empower the grieving to work through the loss and give them the courage
to succeed. To accomplish this one must sense the need to change, open
their mind to change, assimilate the loss, face and work though the pain
to ultimately learn to live again with the loss.
To quote writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh on courage, who lost her first born son in a kidnapping and murder
that scandalized the country in the early part of this century:
||It isn't for the moment you are struck
that you need courage,
but for the long up hill battle to
sanity and security.
An obstacle frequently encountered, during this
up hill climb, is wanting everything to be the same as it was before the
loss. This is impossible. Life is forever changed. After a significant
change, life event, or loss, that person is forever transformed. Changes
that may result from the loss need to be assimilated so the grieving person
can start living again in a world without their loved one or one altered
by the loss or life-changing event.
The Loss, Change & Grief section contains
a various grief AIDE resources to help visitors to this site understand
more about these topics starting with general information, how to recognize
acute responses to grief, and recognizing the different complications of
grief. This section also helps visitors to assess for the risk of suicide
as well as identifying the warning signs and symptoms that may require
further evaluation. Finally this section includes a variety of ways of
coping in general and with the “blues” along with suggestions for helping
adults and children who are grieving.
Each person's experience of loss will have subtle
nuances that will make it unlike any other loss, but the commonality—the
grief response with the intense feelings of loss, anger, depression, loneliness,
fear, frustration, desperation, these are emotions that others will have
also felt, endured and survived. To quote Helen Keller:
When it seems
that our sorrow is too great to be borne,
let us think of the great
of the heavy-hearted
into which our grief has given us entrance,
we will feel about us,
their arms and their
A primary goal in creating this website was
to provide an online healing place where those who have experienced loss
can find resources to help them during the long up-hill grieving process.
Many of the resources have been contributed by those who have worked through
the grieving process following a variety of losses—loss of spouse, children,
pets, loss of fertility, loss of mental function from Alzheimer's, loss
of breast through breast cancer, loss of health, loss of home from flood
or fire—and shared their experiences and insights.
Recovery begins when you have healed enough from
your own loss and are doing well enough to be able to share your experiences
or coping techniques with others who are experiencing the early phases
of the transition and grief process. This continues the healing cycle.
Loss is a common experience that each person encounters during his or her lifetime.
It does not discriminate for age, race, sex, education, economic status or nationality.
Loss is a byproduct of being alive.
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
See the Emergency
911 Page for links to immediate resources
if you are feeling helpless,
hopeless, overwhelmingly depressed, or suicidal.
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