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2020 Bereavement Cruise

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Join us on the 2020 Bereavement Cruise!

Royal Caribbean 

Harmony of The Seas

April 19-26, 2020

Eastern Caribbean

Out of Port Canaveral Florida

View a Video of The Harmony of The Seas Cruise Ship

Nurture your mind, body & spirit. The one and only cruise of its kind created just for grieving families.​ A variety of workshops and activities are planned for each cruise and areprovided by a team of the most highly qualified professionals who serve the bereaved. ​We want to welcome you on board our next cruise!

Read what guests have said about their experience on the 2019 cruise:

“Thanks Linda and Bob Findlay for such a lovely event that resulted in a lot of healing, great teaching  & so much compassion. Overall one of the greatest & most helpful seven days I have ever experienced in my entire life.”

Shared by a sweet lady who lost her husband last Fall.

“Thank you again to you Linda Findlay, Glenn Lord, Lynda Cheldelin Fell and all the other wonderful speakers…I will say it again…You gave me my first week of peace in seven years. God worked miracles through you this week. I don’t know what His plans are for me, but I’m excited for the first time, in a long time to find out!”

Shared by a Beautiful Mother who lost her son.

 


HARMONY OF THE SEAS & PORT CANAVERAL 
 
PRESENTER LINE UP 
 
ABOUT THE CRUISE
 
What is included in the cruise fare?
The cruise fare includes shipboard accommodations, meals, taxes and port charges; and the ship’s entertainment and amenities, including the gym, pools, and sports facilities.  See here for more information about Harmony of the Seas.

The 2020 Bereavement Cruise Is Set to Sail!
The 2020 Bereavement Cruise is set to sail April 19-26, 2020.  Sailing on the beautiful Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of The Sea Ship out of Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Book your cabin early and take nine months to pay after you pay the deposit of $250.00 per person/$500.00 per cabin.  Register Here

About The Bereavement Cruise
The Bereavement Cruise is a powerful transformational journey at sea honoring and celebrating the lives of our 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 or have been where you are in your grief journey-no matter how much time has passed.

About the Seminars At Sea Program
The Bereavement Cruise includes workshops, small group sessions and activities, including a “Walk to Remember”, under the stars, overlooking the sea, A Service of Remembrance, and many more sessions and activities especially planned for you.  All of our events are private and are not available to any quests who are not with our group. Workshop topics will be listed on our website as the are chosen.  The Seminars at Sea Program is sponsored by Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health, LLC and is not affiliated with Royal Caribbean.  We do not have a full ship charter which means that there will be other guests sailing on the ship who are not with our group. There will be all of the “regular” scheduled ship activities going on during the duration of our cruise. You will be provided with a seminar schedule on the first day of our cruise. You can chose which workshops to attend. Most of our workshops will take place on the days that we are out to sea.If you miss a ship activity to attend a workshop, most ship activities are repeated throughout the cruise. 
 
Important Information
Arrival airport is Orlando, Florida. Royal Caribbean suggests that you plan to arrive one day prior to your sailing date and they strongly suggest that you book your return fight on disembarkation day, No earlier than 1:30PM.

Hotels, transfers, parking and directions will be listed on our website. Or you can visit Go Port Canaveral to make your arrangements.  Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health, LLC has no affiliation with any hotel or Go Port Canaveral.  If you would like Cruise Planners to book your arrangements they would be happy to help you.  
 
Additional Costs 
There a $300.00 per person seminar fee to attend the seminars on board.  Once on board there are no additional costs to attend any of the workshop or activities provided by Journey’s of Hope Healing & Health, LLC.  There may be presenters who are with our group who may provide private services that they may charge for. The cost of the cruise, does not include transfers, trip cancellation insurance, gratuities, drink packages, shore excursions on any other on-board purchases. 
 
Final Payment
Final Payment is due to Royal Caribbean by January 10, 2020 (your invoice will list a week prior to this date as the date due). The seminar fee of $300.00 per person, is Due December 1, 2019.
 
Trip Cancellation Insurance
It is strongly suggested that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. Cruise Planners will automatically quote you a price for the insurance.  
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Visit:  J3hhh.com

Call: Linda Findlay at 315-725-6132

Email: LF6643@yahoo.com


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Book Review: A Widow’s Awakening by Maryanne Pope

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I was honored to be asked by author Maryanne Pope to review her book A Widow’s Awakening. Maryanne is an author, playwright, screenwriter, blogger, public speaker, workplace safety advocate, environmental educator and professional Auntie – started Pink Gazelle Productions in 2002, two years after the on-duty death of her police officer husband, Cst John Petropoulos of the Calgary Police Service.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Discover the true meaning of love…

Do you believe in soul mates? What if the death of your soul mate meant the birth of your life-long dream?

A Widow’s Awakening is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with the death of her police officer husband who died while investigating a breaking and entering complaint.

Engaging, powerful, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous, this honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change—and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

A Widow's Awakening

MY REVIEW

“Based on a true story, A Widow’s Awakening, is a hauntingly beautiful story of enduring love, overwhelming heartache and discovering resiliency. After the tragic death of her police officer husband Sam, Adri struggles to breathe let alone move forward in her life. With descriptions that are heartfelt, painful and often humorous, author Maryanne Pope artfully paints a picture of what it is like to have your entire world pulled out from under you. Having lost my own loved one tragically, I could so relate to everything Adri was feeling, experiencing and describing. I cried, I laughed, and found compassion for this woman who was courageously trying to navigate through what seemed like a terrible dream. This book is a must-read for anyone who has lost someone they loved and struggled to find their way in the aftermath of tragedy. Thank you to Maryanne for so bravely and honestly sharing her remarkable story of love and hope.”

OTHER REVIEWS

– “I started reading A Widow’s Awakening on Sunday and finished it Monday. The first third of your book touched me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I cried so hard, my eyes became swollen; the pain was so real. I haven’t cried that hard in a long, long time. The grief you expressed was so real to me, as I experienced my own grief in a similar way. Reading your book has been healing for me.”  Cristy

– “I bought your book yesterday and meant to wait until the next day to read it. I crawled into bed and tried to sleep but something kept at me. So I crawled out of bed and read your book from start to finish. It was amazing. I couldn’t put it down.” Darcy

– “My heart is beating harder and my breathing shorter. I am hugging my husband tighter and kissing him longer. I have burnt supper while reading! I have read books until wee hours of the night but I have not felt this much about a book before. You are an incredibly gifted writer…I feel like I am right beside you and that I am getting to know John and your relationship together. I love how he loved you. I love your writing style, how brilliantly you tie everything together and how you authentically share your soul.” Kim

HOW TO ORDER

A Widow’s Awakening is available at BHC Press and all major book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, etc.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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Missing A Loved One on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can be one of the toughest days of the year when you are grieving. It is another reminder the people you love or once loved are no longer around.  The loss could be the result of a death, break-up or divorce. Often you anticipate it weeks or even months in advance giving you a sense of dread. Although it is actually healthier for you to cherish these days as a way of honoring your loved ones than avoid them, it all depends on where you are in your journey. Sometimes avoiding Valentine’s Day can be just as healthy.

WAYS TO APPROACH VALENTINE’S DAY

Be Prepared. Anticipating the grief associated with these events is normal. Knowing ahead of time may be tough can help you to decide how you want to spend that day. It could be celebrating with family and friends or being alone in your grief. Being prepared will help you to honor what works best for you.

Plan a Celebration. There is nothing that says you can’t celebrate on Valentine’s Day. It’s perfectly okay to throw a party. It’s perfectly okay to actually have some fun in memory of your loved one. If you do, they will be there celebrating with you.

Get Out of Town. If it is too much for you to be home alone during these reminder days, plan a trip away or go visit family or friends. It is perfectly okay to not be around if being in familiar surroundings with reminders everywhere is too much to handle. Just get the heck out of town.

Share Memories. Consider inviting friends over so you can share memories of your loved one. Ask them to share their own memories. Pull out old photographs or home movies. Tell stories. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Memories are the best way to remember your loved one. There is no better way to honor them.

Start a New Tradition. If facing your usual traditions are too difficult, start a new one. Make a donation to a charitable organization, volunteer or plant a tree in your loved one’s name on Valentine’s Day.

Honor Your Grief. It’s normal to be both sad and joyful on these days. Expressing both kinds of emotions makes us human. Honor these emotions. Don’t avoid them. Worse, don’t pretend. Just feel.

No Fanfare. It’s also okay to let these days just be ordinary days. No celebration. Just another day.

It is completely healthy to either acknowledge or not acknowledge Valentine’s Day. Do what is right for you.

Surround yourself with people who understand what you need – not what they think you should or shouldn’t be doing.

Let this days come and go. Even if this means choosing to do nothing.

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Meditation: Honoring You on Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day.

Although I miss you terribly, I remember all the Valentine’s Days we shared together with a smile.

I remember the laughter but most importantly I remember the love.

I am celebrating you and our love today.

Even though you can’t be here with me, I know you are smiling too.

And so it is.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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