Working Through It was divinely inspired in the winter of 1998. During this time I was conducting seminars and workshops in spiritual and psychological education for students who were interested in careers in clinical and counseling psychology and social work. A very popular workshop that I conducted was death and dying. I was overwhelmed by its popularity, and it became my favorite and signature workshop. Because of this popular workshop, I was gifted with the opportunity to teach a course, The Psychology of Death and Dying, in Spring 2000. One of my students was a banker and her feedback of The Psychology of Death and Dying course was as following: “I came to this class with many reservations. You made the class one in which you not only learned the subject matter, but simply enjoyed doing so…believe me when I say that you have a gift for teaching. Your personality permits one to participate in the class without reservations. You must not allow anyone, including you, stop you from teaching. Through teaching you share your greatest gifts.” This one, particular gift of feedback, after seventeen years, has finally encouraged me to step out on faith in creating this blog and to trust God in the process. We all have beautiful light within us and we must permit it to shine.
I have had my share with death and dying, along with the many questions that come with the subject, and I have come to understand that we will have sunny seasons and rainy seasons in our lives. And when the rain comes, although sometimes it is very uncomfortable, I have learned to trust in God to help me through it. When death, loss, or grief enters our lives, healing only occurs when we travel through it, go through it, and work through it. Yes, the process may hurt, but I believe it works!
The purpose of this blog is to help people, in the smallest way possible, to better cope with the hurt, the pain, the grief, and the sorrow from losing someone to death, or from loss period. We experience many different losses in life, which can be pretty painful. The loss of a job, divorce, the loss of a pet, the loss of independence due to a physical disability, the loss of friendship, and the loss of love are a few examples of the many different losses that we will experience in life. These losses may result to hurt, pain, grief, or sorrow, and we must allow ourselves to grieve, and to heal, in the midst of the rain. Remember, after it rains, a rainbow appears, to let us know that the sun will shine again in our lives.
My educational background is in psychology and Christian theology, and I hope these blog posts will be good reading and a blessing. Thank you so very much for your time and kindness, which I will never take for granted. Keep me in your deep and sweet prayers as I navigate this new journey in my life. And to God goes the glory!