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Adoption Does Work  This is the story of two families that God brought together and the real life adventure that these families are still on.  Linda shares the story of her daughter, Jessica’s, open adoption.  Jessica, who is now grown and a mom herself, was four years old when she was placed in foster care. She was the first foster care placement at the home of Linda and her first husband, Donald.  Jessica was the only young child placed in their home.  All other placements were teenage girls and respite care placements.  Linda and Donald’s biological son, Andy, was seven years old when Jessica arrived.  Her adoption was finalized two years later.  After the adoption was final Jessica had supervised visits with her Birth Mother.  Her Birth Mother attended school events and parent teacher conferences.  Jessica had visits with her grandparents.  Vacationed with her grandparents.  Linda’s son, Andy, was blessed with another set of grandparents.  Additionally, Jessica now has contact with her Birth Father who found her on Facebook a few years back.

Linda talks openly regarding all of the considerations that went into the decision to allow Jessica’s Birth Mother and her Birth Mother’s adoptive family to remain active in her life.  Linda shares about dealing with Jessica’s Birth Mother’s mental illness.  She shares honestly about the challenges of adopting a child with an already difficult life history.  Linda is honest about discipline issues, bonding issues and solutions, parenting challenges and solutions, and the impact of Donald’s death on their children in 1999, and the impact of her remarriage.   Also, the emotional impact that Jessica’s Birth Father had on the family and on Jessica, as an adult, when he found her on Facebook and reestablished contact with her, on her terms.

Linda shares information and hope.  Her heart mission is to help other adoptive parents to navigate the unique parenting challenges of adoptive children in a healthy and productive way.  Why? Because no matter the challenges, with information and a plan it is possible to get every child who is presenting challenges, adopted or biological, from where they are to where they need to be–healthy functioning adults.

Death Happened, Now What? Workshops offer many options. Workshop or presentation content is customized to meet the needs of your organization or event. Additionally, as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute, Linda offers classes and workshops in the Grief Recovery Method. The Grief Recovery Method is the Action Program for moving beyond not only Death, but Divorce, and Other Losses. Including the loss of a pet.  Contact Linda to discuss your needs and to figure out what workshop options will benefit your organization.

Do You Need A Workshop Speaker?

Linda is also available as an Event Speaker.

Contact Linda to speak at your next event.

Favorite Grieving Forward Workshops:

Understanding Change You Didn’t Ask For After The Death Of Your Loved One

Five information plus grief support sessions.  Each session includes a time for the participants to share his or her story and questions. Linda shares the basic grief information that allows for navigating both the grieving process and the healing journey in a healthy and productive way.  These sessions are great for community outreach.  Or, as closed on site sessions at your church, business or organization after the death of someone in your organization or company.

Death Happened, Now What?

This is a two hour workshop.  It serves as a great introduction workshop for any upcoming grief support group program.  Or, this workshop stands alone as an outreach to your community. The first segment is an introduction to the basic grief information that every griever needs to know for navigating the grief process and the healing process.  This is followed by one or more structured, interactive, breakout groups.  Linda and volunteers/facilitators from your organization supervise these breakout groups using a provided lesson plan.  After the breakout session the group comes back together for a customized closing segment based on your needs and goals. The information that is presented educates, supports, encourages, and leaves the griever in a better place emotionally because he or she walks away with the understanding that healing is possible.

Good Grief: Let’s Talk About Grief

Two hour educational workshop for those want to help and support those who are grieving.

Have your ever wondered why?

The family of the deceased, many times, seems to be doing better than everyone else?
Why someone is so upset that their loved one is dead, when all they did was fight with their loved one?
How is it that she is able to immediately return to work and he can’t get out of bed?
Why do people who are grieving get tattoos?  Or, get more tattoos…

From experience I can tell you that when your are grieving it’s nice to have people in your life who “get it.”  With a basic understanding of the grief process and the healing process, the people in your organization or care ministry can be the people who really do “get it.”

Understanding Change You Didn’t Ask For On Holidays & Special Days

A 90 minute workshop that is great to offer before any holiday.  Each person leaves with their own personal holiday plan and information that will help them navigate special days and holidays.  Plus, the knowledge that most people find that they do enjoy holidays and special days again. Just in a new and different way.

 

The Grief Recovery Method Workshops

The Action Program For Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, And Other Losses

8-Week and 12-Week Group Program. 7-Session One-on-One Program for Individuals. 6-Week Helping Children Deal with Loss Program.  Pet Loss.

Let’s talk.  How can I serve you?  Linda