My name is Kathy and even though I am what the world would describe as “middle aged,” I really feel that in many ways, I am just beginning! My Godmother was one of the people who loved me unconditionally and when asked to describe me, she would say, “she is small but she is mighty!”
I have lived through a lot of losses but I truly believe that they have made me stronger. Or maybe it is the work I have done to get through them that has made me stronger! Reading books, attending classes, writing, talking about my experiences and of course, finding the best therapist at any given time. Prayer and spiritual direction has also paved the path to healing.
My personal roles consist of wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Professionally, I am a Registered Nurse and Parish Nurse. I have worked for the last eighteen years developing bereavement care ministries within churches and a hospice bereavement program within a senior living community. I presently facilitate grief support groups and speak to senior centers, church and community groups about loss and grief related issues.
The most important thing I have learned is that as a caregiver, I need to practice self-care and model healthy living. Sharing my heart and my help, I am always giving out energy away from myself. So, how do I take care of myself? How do I refill the well so that it doesn’t go dry? By replenishing ME through yoga, being in nature, reading, praying, walking, spending time with family and friends, and dancing while no one is watching!
The gift of ageing and of surviving multiple losses is that I can model healthy behavior to others who are experiencing the rollercoaster of emotions related to grief. I have developed the skills I need to “Greet Grief” whenever it comes, to take care of myself and to open my heart to new ways of being. My goal is to post articles with information I hope you find useful on your journey through grief…
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