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Journey of Hearts™ was designed to be a Healing Place with resources and support to help those in the grief process following a loss or a significant life change. Education is one of the best ways to understand the grief response and aide people in recovering from loss. This website contains a variety of different Grief AIDEs to help in the education process including information, techniques for coping, resources, and links to other websites. Grief AIDEs help people understand and work through the grief process following a loss, how to survive present and past losses and how to cope when old losses become felt anew, or new losses occur.

Soaring™ is offered as another Grief AIDE to help in surviving a loss, be it acute or long- standing. The concept is probably best utilized in circumstances that require picking oneself up following the loss and restoring self-esteem and self-confidence. The types of losses or crises would include relationship, occcupation, financial setbacks, diagnoses with long-standing medical conditions etc. These losses require that one accept and integrate the loss and recognize that their life is forever changed. Ultimately, the grieving person emerges from the crisis changed or reborn and transformed, as the butterfly, and stronger and victorious, as the phoenix with the ability to SOAR.™

The Soaring™ concept is based on Transitional Medicine which is designed to help a grieving person in the transformational process following a loss, going from loss through transition to reach healing. In this process of working through the grief following a loss, a person is forever changed.

Transitional Medicine
In the grief process a person first must experience the loss or life-changing event. Then there is a transition time that involves assimilating, if necessary reframing, the loss and/or events. In time reconciliation and amelioration of the loss or events occur allowing the person to begin living again and reach healing. The ideal for Transitional Medicine is to help a grieving person in the transformational process following a loss, going from loss through transition to reach healing.

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Key Points of the Transitional Process
Transitional Medicine is for the grieving person who recognizes the need to change and have
decided it is time to stop suffering. In this process the grieving person:
  • Adapts to the change in situation following a loss or a significant life-altering event.
  • Reconciles the loss or ameliorates the grief.
  • Assimilates the change.
  • Emerges transformed by the loss.
Significant losses or life-changing crisis force people to change. The concept of Soaring™ can provide people with a framework for transitioning through that change: Sensing the need and determining it is time to change. Opening the mind and the heart to change. Ameliorate the Grief and assimilating the loss. Reconcile the loss, releasing the pain (if possible) and finally recognizing you are forever transformed.

Recognizing that loss is an instrument for change and that a person is forever changed following a loss, the focus in Transitional Medicine is on the transformation process. Crises can be viewed as a chance for self-assessment and personal growth that may force a person to critically evaluate the situation and find the opportunity frequently previously overlooked or unconsidered prior to the life-altering circumstance. It is important to remember that although grief is a powerful, universal emotion, but is most often survivable. Grieving people must recognize that they often do not get over grief, rather in time they learn how to integrate the loss or change into their lives and keep living. Out of the pain may come richer and more rewarding life.

Somewhere in time the truth shines through
And the spirit knows what it has to do
Somewhere in you there's a power with no name
It can rise to meet the moment and burn like a flame
And you can be stronger than anything you know
Hold on to what you see
Don't let it go
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From the movie "Balto"
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if you are feeling helpless, hopeless, overwhelmingly depressed, or suicidal.

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