ABJ September 2014 Newsletter

ABJ September 2014 Newsletter
Butterflys Journey

September, 2014


  • Have you or someone you know endured the loss of a child or grandchild?
  • Are general grief support groups not enough or do they make you uncomfortable?
  • Do you need more individualized help or to talk to someone who really “gets it”?

This ABJ newsletter is part of a virtual support system for those who’ve suffered a traumatic loss, especially families that have lost a child, or for people who know someone that has.

My mission is to use my technology skills from corporate America, my experience as a multiple bereaved parent and the nonprofit support group I founded, to help families struggling with grief after the loss of a child find hope and happiness again. There is HELP here http://abutterflysjourney.com . Order my book, read the blogs, listen to the podcasts, watch the videos, download music, take advantage of the resource center, or schedule a complimentary exploratory call as well as individualized grief mentoring.

Supporting your journey to HOPE,




Nothing Breaks the Bond of LOVE, Not Even Death…

– Do you believe your loved ones spirits continue?

– Did you know physics state energy can’t be created, destroyed?

– Do you think about the impact of LOVE regarding afterlife?

Read what Barbara learned on her spiritual journey:

Click here to read the featured blog & please post a comment!

Related blog this month
: “Believe Your Loved Ones Spirit Continues?”


August ABJ newsletter: feature article: “Don’t RUN – Grief is Not Contagious!”

July ABJ newsletter: feature: “Healing Traumatic Loss is NOT a Solo Expedition!”

June ABJ Newsletter: feature: “How Are You at Handling ‘Angel-Versaries’?”


You are welcome to share this article. When you do, please include this complete blurb with it:

Barbara J Hopkinson has been helping bereaved families find hope and happiness again through for more than 10 years. She is also inspired to assist those who work in organizations which support them, how to better understand their needs. For more information, see: http://abutterflysjourney.com


  • Coming Soon:
    • Radio broadcasts on WNBP Radio
    • TV interview on “Life Issues” TV show
    • Webinars and In-Person Retreats (MA)
  • Archive:

My hope is that this book gets enormous exposure, because with the right exposure, it

is certainly destined to be on the best-sellers list. Thank you for sharing with such honesty and clarity, your very powerful journey about surviving grief after the death of a child and emerging a stronger, more confident person.”

Nancy Noyes Lambert, bereaved mother, Salisbury, MA




  • August – September: Barbara took a break to explore nature in the Azores and mainland Portugal – SO beautiful ! She felt her deceased son while hiking & swimming in that amazing natural beauty. Barbara recommends nature walks as part of your grief-healing regimen.
  • Coming in October:

    • an upgraded ABJ web site
    • a new Resource Center
    • improved support programs


Some Twitter resources for Grief:





Healing Power of Music

“Music is one of the great healing tools we can use as we move through the phases of grief. You can download, at no cost, the song “Theme of a Butterfly’s Journey”, a lovely instrumental piece as my gift to you on your healing journey.


Barbara J Hopkinson has been leading bereaved families through the journey of grief for more than 10 years. She is also inspired to teach those who work in organizations that touch them, how to best communicate, console and support a bereaved family member after the death of child.

In 2003, following her 21-year-old son’s sudden death in a motorcycle accident (and the loss of two babies before that), Hopkinson founded The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, Mass, a local chapter of the international organization created as a support group for bereaved families.

Proceeding through her own intense grief journey simultaneously, she began tracking her progress in a journal unexpectedly given to her by her remaining son, Brad. The more grounded she became in her healing journey, the more she knew she had to share what she learned with others on a broader scale. Her unique perspective from losing multiple children and intimately witnessing so many other bereaved families in grief form the basis of her first book, A Butterfly’s Journey…Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child.

Hopkinson’s passion for helping bereaved families continues to expand beyond the launch of her first book in 2013, with her ongoing commitment to reach national and international audiences through public speaking and the creation of individualized virtual bereavement support programs and resources.

She is a model of hope for bereaved families, having found happiness again. She lives north of Boston with her second husband, Jim. She enjoys great relationships with her son, Brad, and three adult stepchildren, Melanie, Matthew and Christopher. She also has a passion for cooking, photography and travel, having visited forty-five countries so far.


For more information, visit the web site & contact Barbara
at 617-410-6309 or barbara@abutterflysjourney.com for a complimentary 30-minute “Healing” conversation.


If you no longer wish to receive our emails, click the link below:
Barbara Hopkinson PO Box 872 Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950 United States (617) 410-6309


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September 30, 2014

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