4-Part Grief & Loss Healing Series

Heart in Darkness was a four-part, progressive series that I initially did for the Aspen Chapel and the Aspen Center for Living Peace to promote healing and growth in the face of grief and loss.

Loss can mean many things, not just literal death. For my website, I wanted to turn this series into a tool available to anyone, at any time, at their convenience. I curated each set of materials especially for those who are experiencing death or “mini-deaths” (loss of home, job, divorce, major change in life circumstance, etc.). Healing is a transformative journey of introspection. Each of us can be our own wisdom teacher and has the spiritual capacity for healing and forgiveness.

4 Weeks Stages of Grief & Loss

It’s important to go through each of the steps in this workshop to guide you on your journey. You may find that some of the materials speak to your personal situation more than others and that’s ok. Take as much or as little time as you need with each session.

I am honored to be on this journey with you in spirit.

The shift from “painful realization of death” to “wonder of the next realm” is actively shifting from fear of pain to freedom for our loved-one and for us. That is the gift I received from my Dad in this process. I don’t know where it leads, but I am at peace regardless.

Thank you again for your generous and loving offering of this program. I hope that it serves the needs of many looking to accept the dying and healing process. -Barbara Owens

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October 29, 2016

Dear Lexie:

I am forever grateful to you for developing and teaching “The Heart in Darkness.” My father passed away on October 11, 2016 and I had the good fortune of attending your workshop at the Aspen Chapel in January 2016, prior to his decline and death.

The information and examples you shared during the workshop allowed me to be both a student and a teacher during my father’s transition process, as I was able to also help my siblings through my Dad’s end of life journey.

Some of the most helpful lessons learned:

• Everyone must give their loved one permission to die. Forgiveness is essential in the process.

• Understanding the grieving process is paramount – honor all of your feelings, absent-mindedness, feeling of overwhelm, etc. Be kind to each other, and be kind to yourself.

• It’s ok to cry and actually very important. Honor the time when your shell is cracked, and allow the healing light and support of others to shine through.

• Understanding more about the dying process, I was able to shift from being in fear of death, and able to go deeper to observe the wonder of death. I felt that I had the composure to let go of my fear and help my family move from grief to acceptance, and then to a loving send-off.

Near the end, when his breathing shallowed and I knew his time to pass was near, I felt guilty welcoming the death of my Dad, the man who brought me life. But I was able to move past that when I remembered that more than anything, I wanted a painless, peaceful, reconciling passage, and I was so grateful for his peace.

Witnessing the death of a loved one has been a pivotal lesson on my spiritual journey. I’m less fearful of death. I’ve learned that a big part of the fear of death is the fear of pain. Our hospice experience was immensely helpful and supporting of the process.

The shift from “painful realization of death” to “wonder of the next realm” is actively shifting from fear of pain to freedom for our loved-one and for us. That is the gift I received from my Dad in this process. I don’t know where it leads, but I am at peace regardless.

Thank you again for your generous and loving offering of this program. I hope that it serves the needs of many looking to accept the dying and healing process.

With Love and Gratitude,

Barbara

Barbara Owen

P.S. I received a wonderful passage from a friend…

Grief never ends…but it changes.

It’s a passage, not a place to stay.

Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…

It is the price of love.

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