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Comment About Journey of HeartsTM
Among the most rewarding messages are those from
other professionals who also deal with various losses—healthcare professionals,
medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, ministers, highway patrol
and police officers, funeral directors, social workers, hospice volunteers
and caretakers. Many of those working in the field have discovered the
site when they themselves have experienced a difficult loss and grief response,
are looking for resources to cope, find Journey of HeartsTM,
and then refer others. The selected comments that follow are grouped by
I wish I'd found your site
about 4 years ago when I went through my major life change. Definitely
could have used it. I'm glad it is there for others.
I just think this web site
is wonderful. I lost a boyfriend while we were in college (1992) to a drunk
driving accident. I wish you were around then. I work with cancer
patients as a Radiation Therapist and I see death all of the time. What
I have experienced has helped me to deal with and help these helpless victims
of a horrible disease. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for such
an inspirational web site. My sister battles with depression everyday
of her life and she sent it to me. I have bouts of depression from time
to time as well. Thanks again for a great site.
I found this site to be informative
in every aspect there is possible. It has brought me peace and serenity
in my life. I recently suffered the loss of my fiancee. If
it hadn't been for the beautiful Journey of Hearts site and the support,
I don't know what would have happened to me. I have recommended this site
to friends and relatives who are also looking for resources and support
Through the Journey of Hearts Web site, Dr. Kirsti Dyer has presented to
us that there is life after a loss, and that the heart can still go on.
God Bless all her endeavors.
AEMT, Nurse Tech
Oncology Floor, Methodist Hospital
Your website has provided
an enormous amount of comfort to me. My best friend just died- he
was in a serious car accident- he was thrown from his car and the car rolled
over top of him. He was in a coma for 4 weeks. He was cleared for
surgery to repair his shattered hip. Unfortunately, he coded multiple times
during surgery, and died the next morning. He died almost exactly
4 weeks after the accident and almost 4 weeks before his 31st birthday.
Anyways- I have been in a SERIOUS funk since
his death last week. I have been searching and searching the net
looking for something to bring me hope or help me over "the hump".
I came across your site yesterday, and immediately hit the "emergency pick-me-up
page". And that it was- it really saved my ---. Seriously.
So I wanted to say thanks. I have been combing through your site during
breaks at work. I respect the fact that you got this site together.
Wendy MacNeil, BS, RVT
Registered Vascular Technologist
Vascular Surgery Lab
Dartmouth Medical Center
Thanks for your wonderful
website. I've shared it with people and it really is a "healing place".
Medical Library Director
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
I am a SWM, 30 yo--Dealing
with the loss of my younger Brother. He was killed in a tragic accident,
Jan.28, 2001! He passed at the "tender" young age of 25yo. I will never
be the same? Never!!
Thank you so much for your wonderful, well-thought
out, knowledgeable website!! It has been a great help to me!!
Wow!!! You have created
a wonderful site. I have experienced some great losses in the past
year and I only wish I had known you were here. I have linked this
site to all my friends. I work in healthcare too! I am a Sales
Representative for a respiratory care/medical supply company and I have
a Master's in Health Service Administration with an emphasis on Home
health. I am thankful for doctors who put feet to their words --
you have gone above and beyond! So when I say that it is about time
that Doctor's show a bit of compassion for hurting people; I can speak
You have a special day! God Bless You!
Master's in Health Service Administration
Thank you for such a heartfelt
and caring site. It is an inspiration!
About Smoking Cessation Guide
I am making a presentation
to a group of professionals ande paraprofessionals at a convention for
the EArly Mental Health Initiative (also known as PIP). These educators
work with children between the ages of kindergarten and third grade and
their parents. I would be very eager to share some of the information
you have on the website with the staff if you would be willing to provide
me with permission. I will, of course, refer them to the website
during the presentation for on-going reference but anything that I could
distribute for those participants that don't have access to the internet
would be helpful as well. Could you advise me?
I am a school psychologist with Fowler Unified
School District. We had some difficulties with mourning issues as
two young teenage girls were killed by a drunk driver. The fall-out
throughout this tiny community was extensive. We want to help our
community deal with their pain and recovery. Thanks in advance
for any opportunities for assistance you may be willing to supply.
Fowler Unified School District, California
Your site was recommended
by one of the people who help to run "The Pain Relief Center" here on the
web associated with AOL. First may I say that your patients are extremely
blessed individuals! So often today one can and does encounter physicians
who cause you to wonder why they got into medicine in the first place.
After going through your site, what a valuable
asset you are not only to the medical community but to the world as well!
I am a 30 yr. old woman who has has 14 reconstructive inner ear surgeries
since the age of 6, due to congenital abnormalities of my inner ears, resulting
chronic pain in my left ear.
When one has chronic pain it entails many aspects
not only physical but psychological as well. One of those issues is mourning
the loss of your life without pain or medicine. It is a viable loss that
can create havoc on the soul unless grieved over and accepted. I
will graduate in December with my Master's Rehabilitation Counseling. I
hope I will touch people as you have.
Thank you for providing a site that helps so
very much with that process. I pray and hope that your approach as a physician
and woman rubs off on fellow peers and those in general you come in contact
with, whether in person or in cyberspace, it is what will help heal this
B.S. Counseling Psychology
Master's In Rehabilitation Counseling
I very much liked you website. I am a therapist
(clinical social worker) thinking of setting up one of my own (different
topics). But how does it pay for itself? Takes time to write, gather copyright
permissions, etc. This may be a dumb question but I know more of how to
rather the mechanics of. Thanks for any advice you can give.
Linda Ayscue Gupta, LCSW
Child Welfare Curriculum
VISSTA/VCU School of Social Work
We met a few years ago at an AAB conference. I was
just at your web page looking for pages to refer my loss, grief and dying
students to. The page is really great! I'm so glad that you addressed loss
as a universal experience.
I am now doing seminars for PESI Health Care on
end of life issues, as well as teaching two sections of Loss, Grief, and
Dying for Cochise College in southeastern Arizona.
Hope all is well with you.
Certified Bereavement Facilitator
Instructor, Coshise College, Arizona
I am a counselor, and I have never found anything
more helpful on the Internet. I will recommend it to everyone. I
have spend the greater part of the night reading through some of it, and
will finish reading the site before the weekend is over. It is wonderful!
And....you are wonderful for sharing it with everyone. You are gifted,
I just found your page and
think it's wonderful! I facilitate grief support groups for teens
and adults and I teach death and bereavement issues. Keep up the fine work!
You have an excellent site and are to be commended for helping those who
are grieving. I will be visiting frequently!
I just wanted to tell you how well done your
site is. I am a RTS Counselor and Coordinator and a certified Bereavement
Facilitator, working towards certification as a grief therapist.
This is an excellent resource for both families and health care providers.
It's nice to see you bringing along physicians. For too long my MD
colleagues have viewed death as a defeat and not as a normal part of life!
Certified Bereavement Facilitator
Your site is great. I have placed
a link on one of my pages to your site. MUCH TOO YOUNG page, in memory
of the son-in-law and granddaughter of a co-worker. This page was
one way I felt I could help her honor their memory and maybe help ease
her grief by having additional links to sites that deal with grief. Keep
up the good work.
Southeast Texas College
I am a member of NAPT and
am currently working with chronic pain groups. I want to thank you
so much for this site, it is a wonderful, healing resource.
I am working with small groups on a weekly basis
and have found the information here extremely valuable for the all of us
and particularly those who are bedridden since Sept. 11.
Thanks again for your work and the lives you
I visited your web site today.
Congratulations on what I consider a five star site. This site is comfortable,
easy to visit, professional and well designed. People dealing with loss
will certainly find a helpful place to stop in their grief journey. Bless
you for the time and effort. Once again welcome and thanks for your wonderful
Originator of alt.support.hospice
10 Year Hospice Volunteer,
Wyoming State Hospice, Board of Directors
I put out a monthly newsletter to our LifePath
Hospice survivors which includes steps to help them work through the loss
of a loved one.
LifePath Hospice is a non-profit organization
and the people receive the newsletter at no cost to them. I would,
obviously, include author information and credit your web site.
I came across your site today.....it is wonderful!!!!!!!!
I am a hospice volunteer. We are in the process of starting a grief
support arm to help our clients, their families, and others in the community.
Your web site is beautiful
and healing--I will definitely recommend it to anyone dealing with grief
and loss. Thanks for your creative and compassionate contributions to the
Dale Larson, PhD
Hospice Home Page
Congratulations on a brilliant
site. I am nearly 7 years post bone marrow transplant for NHL. I now facilitate
& co-ordinate volunteers & carers who have been through this journey.
We go in pairs & visit patients going through a transplant or dealing
with a blood disorders & are inpatients in acute care units. As well
as the visits we offer telephone counselling, we are all trained in basic
I write a newsletter to the volunteers & in
need of ongoing inspiration for myself & for them, your pages are giving
I have found very few Drs with a gift of communicating
& listening, I am trying to spread the word & attend training days
for medical students set up by my own GP, their techniques are videoed
& hopefully getting them in the early stages of their careers will
make an impact down the line.
Keep up the good work
Westmead, Sydney NSW, Australia
Thank you for your wonderful
We own a funeral home and I prepare a newsletter,
as a free service to our families each quarter. I found so many wonderful
poems and inspirational items on your site. Our aftercare program has grown
tremendously and it is our privilege to help families on their grief journey.
Thank you for providing much needed information
for our funeral home, so that we can help our families. We know that grief
does not end at the funeral and we want our families to know we care long
after that also.
My husband and I are grateful for sites such
as yours. God Bless you for touching hurting people in such a special
Funeral Home Director
Just a brief note regarding your site.
I am a Funeral Director and this is a terrific site. I must admit,
something personal brought me here. It made me feel better, so much
I will refer to others I deal with. Keep up the great work!
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I have been searching
and searching the net looking for something to bring me hope or help me
over "the hump". I came across your site yesterday, and immediately
hit the "emergency pick-me-up page". And that it was- it really saved