Begin your year with Healing & Hope

Two, Free Live Events in January…
Our New Year’s Gift to You!

(1/9 & 1/16 @ 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST)

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I am an only child and sometimes feel extra isolated in my grief journey. When I am in the Zoom room with Hope and others, I don’t feel alone. Everyone there knows how it feels to lose a loved one, and the constant pull of happy and sad. I can’t recommend [joining the community] enough!

– Liz M., Newton, NH

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

Info and coaching tips for changing old patterns and releasing old fears along the long arc of grief.

Drawing from her own experiences with the ripple effects of early loss, as well as interviews with dozens of researchers, therapists, and regular people who’ve been bereaved, New York Times bestselling author Hope Edelman offers profound advice for reassessing loss and adjusting the stories we tell ourselves about its impact on our identities.

With guidance for reframing a story of loss, challenging old beliefs,  and finding renewed growth and purpose in new narratives, Hope demonstrates that though grief is a lifelong process, it doesn’t have to be a lifelong struggle.

 

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Hope, you are basically my  lifeline.  I enjoy every one of your online sessions.

Thank you for your suggestion of having a picture of my mother on my coffee table along with a candle. It is such a joy for me to walk into  my sitting area each morning and to be able to say: “Good Morning Mother,”  words which I hadn’t said in the past 75 YEARS! Every single time, it automatically brings a feeling of joy to speak to her… that simple, meaningful act helps me to start my day with a smile. As you know, I am still in that L O N G arc of grief.

— Harriet “Hibby” W.

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START FRESH SUNDAY TOPICS

  • Jan 9th: GET UNSTUCK WITH HOPE

    Are you ready to make 2021 the year you start getting unstuck? We’ll explore 12 ways that motherless daughters often feel “stuck,” help you identify some of your longstanding coping strategies, and assess which ones can be let go. 

     

  • Jan. 16th: TURN TRIGGERS INTO TRIUMPHS
    Even years after a loss, a memory, calendar date, or sensory image can send us reeling. It’s possible to plan for these — even the unexpected ones — and learn how to regain equilibrium. Join us for tips to help you become your strongest self … both in spite of and because of your losses.
     

WHAT IF YOU MISS US?

Everyone who signs up gets replay links for BOTH FREE LIVE EVENTS (including any special offers) delivered right to their inbox within 2 days. 

EASY TO JOIN BY COMPUTER, TABLET, SMART PHONE or DIAL‑IN!

Since 2019, we’ve hosted hundreds women through online courses and events. All you have to do is check your inbox for the Zoom link and leave the tech to us!

AN EASY FORMAT: We meet on Sundays for one hour, always @ 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST.

We’ve listened to what works for the community. Enjoy a half hour of tips, tools and presentation from Hope, with a second half hour of Q&A and discussion between members of the call. This is a free sample of the same format that works so well in many of our online programs. We’ll take a few moments at the end of each call to share more about 2022 offerings that may be of interest to you if you enjoy these ones!

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We don’t ever ‘get over’ the death of a loved one.

But we do eventually ‘get on‘ with living in a world without this essential person by our side.

It takes time to learn how to live in this new world. It takes time.”

HOPE EDELMAN

Aren’t you ‘over it’ yet?

Anyone who has experienced a major loss in their past knows this question. We’ve spent years fielding versions of it, both explicit and implied, from family, colleagues, acquaintances, and friends. We recognize the subtle cues — the slight eyebrow lift, the soft, startled “Oh! That long ago?” — from those who wonder how an event so far in the past can still occupy so much precious mental and emotional real estate.

Because of the common but false assumption that grief should be time-limited, too many of us believe we’re grieving “wrong” when sadness suddenly resurges sometimes months or even years after a loss.

By explaining why we feel “stuck” and, more importantly, why this is so common and predictable, Hope offers a new and reality affirming paradigm: The death of a loved one isn’t something most of us get over, get past, put down, or move beyond.

Grief is not an emotion to pass through on the way to “feeling better.” Instead, grief is in constant motion; it is tidal, easily and often reactivated by memories and sensory events, and is retriggered as we experience life transitions, anniversaries, and other losses.

Whether we want it to or not, grief gets folded into our developing identities, where it informs our thoughts, hopes, expectations, behaviors, and fears, and we inevitably carry it forward into everything that follows.

HOPE EDELMAN has been writing, speaking, and leading workshops and retreats in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. She was 17 when she lost her mother to breast cancer and 40 when her father died, events that inspired her to offer grief education and support to those who cannot otherwise receive it.

Her first book, Motherless Daughters, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and appeared on multiple bestseller lists worldwide. Her work has been translated into 14 languages and published in 11 countries. Hope is the author of seven additional nonfiction books, including Motherless Mothers and  The AfterGrief. She was the recipient of the 2020 Community Educator Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and has won a Pushcart Prize for her creative nonfiction.

In addition to writing and speaking, she is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and also leads nonfiction workshops to help writers tell, revisit, and revise their stories of loss. Hope lives and works in Los Angeles and Iowa City.