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Unless you’ve been through it, you can’t understand it. It’s that simple.

Grief is not something you understand from a distance.

Learn from a fellow traveler’s down-to-earth approach to healing. STUNNED by Grief is realistic and revealing. You’ll discover what to expect. And you’ll find tools and tips to remap your life. 






When you’re devastated by loss, what good is a journal?


This journal will help you cut through the pain that isolates and freezes you—and get to the heart of what really matters.

Writing about your loss is one of the most important things you can do. It’s key to tapping into your grief, working through it, and releasing what’s buried deep inside.




News of Upcoming Events

Judy will be the featured guest on a radio show (Nov. 4 – 11AM Pacific), Aging GreatFULLy with Holley Kelley, a credentialed Gerontologist, Thanatologist Fellow, journalist, and entrepreneur.

Show title:  Surviving Loss, Pain and Grief to Aging GreatFULLy.
We’ll also be providing survival tips to make your Yule Tide merry during times of grief and loss.

(click here for the show page)       holleykelleyradiobannergreatfully1


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If you’re going through grief, this blog is all about you.  Our goal is to focus on your questions, concerns, struggles, triumphs, and the countless issues you face.

We hope you’ll feel at home here!

We extend a warm welcome to you …

The ‘O’ Word that Hits Grievers—and What to Do about It

admin : October 3, 2016 1:10 pm : Adjustments, Attitude, Changes, Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, Effects of Grief, Emotions, How to help grievers, Stunned by Grief

lines of pencils, check boxes beside each, heart in middle

This one should be pretty easy to figure out.  The ‘O’ word that hits grievers is a common reaction to grief.  more »

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The ‘I’ Word You Never Expected with Grief

admin : August 25, 2016 2:36 pm : Adjustments, Changes, Coping with Grief, Effects of Grief, Emotions, Remapping, Stunned by Grief

person sitting alone on stairs_black and white

What is the ‘I’ word you never expected with grief?  Is it ‘indecision?’  No, that’s not surprising.  So many things changed along with your loss – so indecision on your part is not unexpected.  How about being ‘incapacitated?’  Well, you certainly may feel weakened or powerless in the face of your loss, but that’s not unexpected either.  more »

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The ‘A’ Word No One Wants to Face in Grief

admin : August 11, 2016 3:03 pm : Adjustments, Changes, Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, Stunned by Grief

Letter A sitting on top of desk

What’s the ‘A’ word no one wants to face in grief?  And what’s the ‘A’ word those of us who have been through grief have had to wrestle with, time and again?  Who anticipated so many unexpected surprises, upsets, and fears associated with this word?

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