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ABJ Video Blog: RITUAL – Meet MARIA & BARBARA

Video Script: This is Maria and myself — healing together We chose to heal after each losing sons in vehicular accidents. As you might imagine, we went through a period of time that was mind numbing, extremely difficult, and scary. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A...

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43 Kinds of Loss???

So Many Kinds of Loss - How Do You Get Help? According to the Grief Recovery Institute (GRI), there are 43 losses that can produce the range of emotions that we call grief - including death, divorce or end of a relationship, loss of health, major financial change,...

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ABJ Video Blog – PHOTOS – Meet JIM

Video Script:   This is Jim. He chose to heal after losing his mother when he was only a teenager, and his father prematurely as well. You can imagine he went through periods of time that were difficult and hard to understand. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A...

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NEVER Give Up – Look at Super Bowl LI !!!

Feel like GIVING UP sometimes? Easier to sink into the pain than fight beyond it? Thinking or hearing there is "No End" to your grief? I get it, I've been there... ...even to the point of attempting suicide. But THAT was my turning point, when I knew I had to CHOOSE...

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ABJ Blog: “FRIENDS & FAMILY – Meet MAUREEN”

Video Script: This is Maureen. She chose to heal after losing her brother to a tragic ac- cident when she was an adolescent. As you might imagine, Maureen went through a period of time that was extremely difficult and frightening. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A...

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New Year – Are You Looking Back or Forward?

Are You Looking Back or Forward As You Start The New Year? Grief tends to make us look back.   So does anger, regret and guilt. How's that working for you? Its difficult not to spend a lot of our time looking back.  But the facts are that you can NOT change anything...

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ABJ Video Blog – HUMOR & Meet MEL

Video Script: This is Mel. He chose to heal after losing her son in an auto accident. You can imagine Mel went through a period of time that was extremely difficult and sad. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A Butterfly's Journey To a New Normal. We help individuals...

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The Holidays are Upon Us – Now What?

- Are you DONE with holidays before they even begin? - Tired of holiday decorating, shopping, music & a fake happy face? - Do you want ideas on HOW to get through the weekend without exploding? Holidays are great - but they are TOUGH when you are grieving,...

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ABJ Video Blog – NATURE & Meet DAVE

Video Script: This is Dave. He chose to heal after loosing his only son to an overdose. You can imagine Dave went through a period of time that was not only mind numbing but extremely difficult, and lonely. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A Butterfly's Journey To a...

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Nature is Healing!

Do you realize how healing nature can be? Do you make yourself get out & enjoy it? Near or far, what's easy and fun for you to do OUTSIDE?     We are often so bound into our world of working, commuting, watching TV, searching online, playing video games...

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ABJ Video Blog – CREATIVE ARTS – Meet SUSAN

Video Script: This is Susan.  She chose to heal after losing her son in an auto accident. You can imagine Susan went through a period of time that was extremely difficult and frightening. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A Butterfly's Journey To a New Normal.  We...

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ABJ Video Blog: HELPING OTHERS – Meet MICHELLE

Video Script: This is Michelle.  She chose to heal after losing her brother to an accident, and after surviving a tough battle with breast cancer while mothering a toddler and an infant. You can imagine Michelle went through periods of time that were both sad and...

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What a National Grief Conference It Was!

TCF National Conference, July'16 Earlier this month, I was honored to attend and have A Butterfly's Journey be invited to do a "Choose To Heal" photo shoot at The Compassionate Friends (TCF)  National Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It is the largest US and...

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Celebrate The JOY In Your Life!

Even after loss — do you look for JOY? Do you celebrate the joyous occasions in your life? Joy and Grief are intertwined, let the 'joy' parts heal you... I had an extremely joyous occasion in my life recently - my only remaining son married the love of his life last...

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ABJ Video Bog: FRIENDS & FAMILY – Meet MAUREEN

Video Script: This is Maureen.  She chose to heal after losing her brother to a tragic accident when she was an adolescent.  As you might imagine, Maureen went through a period of time that was extremely difficult and frightening. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A...

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Memorial Day – How To Remember Loved Ones?

Is there a right or wrong way to remember lost loved ones?       Is Ritual a useful part of that?             Do you remember the pain or the positive memories?   While Memorial Day was created to remember the brave men and women in our military that were lost in...

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ABJ Video Blog: COOKING – Meet LINDA

Video Script: This is Linda.  She chose to heal after losing her husband due to an aneurysm, suddenly, while on vacation with family. You can imagine Linda went through a period of time that was extremely difficult and frightening. My name is Barbara J Hopkinson of A...

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What Is Your Toughest Month Of The Year?

Most people have one.   It is often tough because of the loss of a loved one  close to them.  It might be because of the memory or another kind of difficult loss.  Grief Recovery Institute says there are more than 40 types of loss that can produce grief, including...

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ABJ Video Blog: EXERCISE – Meet GARY & SUSAN

Video Script: This is Gary and Susan.  They chose to heal after losing their son in an auto accident. You can understand that Gary and Susan underwent a very difficult time trying to adjust to life without their son.  It was natural not to have energy, through that...

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