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2019 Bereavement Cruise

2019 Bereavement Cruise

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I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to be a speaker on the The Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health 2019 Bereavement Cruise! The Bereavement Cruise is a powerful transformational journey at sea honoring and celebrating the lives of lost loved ones.  It is an opportunity to experience an inspiring continuation of healing that will be shared in a nurturing community of people who are their own grief journeys.

The bereavement cruise provides an opportunity for guests to better understand their grief journey, receive compassionate support and enhance their coping skills. Workshops and activities will take place on the days when the ship is at sea. Small group sessions will be available during the entire cruise. There will be plenty of time to relax, spend time with others, share meals with new friends and much more. Participants will also have time to explore off ship excursions. You choose how you spend your time.


Dates:  March 3 – 10, 2019 (7 Days)

Ship:    Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Departs: Port Canaveral, FL

Ports: Labadee, Haiti (Private Island); Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico


Presenters will be sharing their time and their compassionate support with guests.  All of the workshops will be suitable for any type of loss. Workshops will continue to be added.

Glen Lord (Cruise Host) from The Grief Toolbox

Linda Findlay (Cruise Host) from Mourning Discoveries

Barbara J. Hopkinson from A Butterfly’s Journey

Diane Speer from Way To Wellness

Herb Knoll from Widowers Support Network

Lynda Cheldelin Fell from Grief Diaries

Mitch Carmody from Heartlight Studios

….and yours truly!


How do I get more information about the Bereavement Cruise?

To get more information about The Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health Program, seminars at sea, on-board sharing sessions and special activities, please call:  Linda Findlay at 315-725-6132 or email LF6643@yahoo.com

What does the cruise fare include?

The cruise fare includes all taxes and fees, activities and entertainment, meals, fitness & relaxation, and accommodations.  Royal Caribbean sets the price for the cruise.  The Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health tries to get the best price available for the cruise at the time the booking is made.

What is the Seminar Fee?

The seminar fee is $300 (per person) and includes all workshops, small group session and activities, including a “Walk to Remember”, A Service of Remembrance, and many more sessions and activities especially planned for you.  All of the events are private and are not available to any quests who are not with the group.


How do I make reservations for the Bereavement Cruise?

Reservations can be made HERE.


Sending you love, comfort and peace!

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Grief Educational Program or Bereavement Group?

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As an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist® many people have asked me what the difference is between The Grief Recovery Method® educational program and bereavement groups. Since I have participated in both, I wanted to share my perspective.


After the suicides of two friends, no one seemed to want to talk to me about what happened. Because I REALLY needed to talk about these suicides in order to try and make sense of it all, I finally joined a suicide bereavement group. This group was sponsored by a local Mental Health clinic and facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. It was a safe place for me to talk to other individuals who had also been through the suicide of someone close to them. I was able to share and express the feelings that I had bottled up inside of me. It was probably the best thing I could have done at the time. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders after every meeting finished.  Little by little I started to feel better.

Bereavement groups are also offered by churches or synagogues, as well as by funeral homes, hospitals or hospices. They are mostly focused on death, rather than divorce or other losses. They are open to anyone and are sometimes offered on a “drop-in” basis – individuals are welcome to come and go as needed. These groups help individuals to feel less isolated from society while they are grieving. They provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere where grievers can talk to each other about what they’re experiencing. After all, one of the most important aspects for a griever is the need to be heard and not feel alone.  Bereavement groups do just that.


There are other groups that offer a different approach – a structured program aimed at recovery.  One of those is The Grief Recovery Method® educational program which uses a long-established format based on the principles and actions of The Grief Recovery Handbook. Their format offers a structured action plan to help grieving people discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished as a result of any loss – not just the death of a loved one. It differs from traditional bereavement support groups in several ways. One difference is it is focused exclusively on recovery from grief, rather than primarily being a place for sharing feelings. Another is that the program is presented over a period of weeks and is facilitated by Certified Grief Recovery Specialists®. As part of my grief journey, I found the outreach program to help me recover from the unresolved grief that came as a result of my friends’ suicides, as well as the other loss events in my life – like divorce, moving, miscarriage, etc. It became an opportunity for me to complete these unresolved feelings so that  could move on in my life.

Bottom line is that a bereavement group had wonderful value for me. It helped me as a  griever feel less isolated and have a safe place to express my grief. The Grief Recovery Method® educational program helped me move from my grief to recovery. I found both to be valuable as I moved through my own personal grief journey.

Below is a short video describing The Grief Recovery Method® educational program in more detail.


Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Grief Reiki® Academy Anytime Webinars

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The Grief Reiki® Academy is proud to offer two new Anytime Webinars. Watch from the comfort of your home anytime it is convenient for you. And the best part is that for a limited time they are FREE.  You will also receive access to two eBooks with each webinar when you register.


Explore how to complete the grieving process and move beyond the pain associated with loss. Grief doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. Learn about commonly understood myths about grief, including the so-called Five Stages. Find out what you can do to release the emotional pain caused by the more than 40 different life experiences that can cause grief, including death, divorce, retirement and moving.

Length: 50 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) The Major Myths About Grief

2) Debunking the 5 Stages



Learn how to help a grieving friend or loved one.  Begin to understand loss from the griever’s point of view, and how you, as family, friend, coworker or concerned community member can help. You will learn practical tips for helping a griever, including what to say and what not to say.

Length: 35 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) Helping Others Who Are Grieving

2) The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss



Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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