My name is Linda Pouliot and I am the co-author of Grieving Forward: Death Happened, Now What? A Practical Guide for Healing & Understanding the Grief Process.
First off, I want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. And I am not going to tell you that I know how you feel because I don’t. Grief is an individual experience – even when we share a similar loss. Again, I am so sorry. What I do know is that even though it might not feel like it right now, healing is possible. Life can be good again – just in a new and different way. I am living proof.
In November of 1999, when I was 45 years old my first husband, Donald, died unexpectedly of a heart-attack. We had just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Both of our children were teenagers at the time. I spent the first few months after his death in shock and numb. So did my children. What I realized during this time was that I couldn’t even define the word grief. Additionally, I had no idea what was happening to me or how to help my children. All I knew was the pain was unbearable. My search for answers began…
My Healing Forward Turning Point
What I discovered is that when you understand the grief process and the healing process, which is what’s normal for grieving and healing, it’s easier to successfully navigate your personal healing journey. And it’s easier to avoid getting stuck in unresolved grief. Additionally, I was able use this same information, the information we share in the book, to help my children navigate their individual grieving and healing journeys. I want the same for you and your family.
The content of the book and my Healing Forward Workshops and Healing Forward Grief Support Groups is based on my personal experience with death, my research, and what others have shared with me over the years at workshops and grief support groups and while standing in line at the grocery store… For additional information check out my Blog and the Grieving Forward Death Happened, Now What? Facebook page.
Healing & Blessings,
Linda is a nationally recognized grief support facilitator and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in The Grief Recovery Method by The Grief Recovery Institute. She is a licensed massage therapist and a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker. From February of 2002 – March of 2013 she volunteered at New Hope Center for Grief Support located in Northville, Michigan where she co-facilitated grief support groups and was a workshop speaker. Additionally, Linda is a retired Foster Parent (Livingston County, Michigan) and a former member of Insights Toastmasters, Brighton, Mi.