Is Grief Coaching for you as a Widow?

You may not think of needing a coach when you are a widow dealing with daily grief challenges. Are you stuck in the pain and sadness of loss, not able to move forward in your life? You know what you wish your life would be but don’t know how to get there. You may need someone to listen to your specific challenges and guide you through the growth available after loss as a widow. Normal grief is transformational and we choose how it changes us. You can take the helm with help to build a new positive productive life after loss.

The truth is Grief Coaching is a practice of being with widows as they attempt to learn and grow in their own personal life after having experienced the death of a loved one. Grief coaches listen and ask questions to assist and give direction to help provide clarity and focus in your goals and barriers.  Adjusting to the changes we as widows go through can be exhausting. It is difficult to plan and make good choices. It’s hard to see things because we are too close to the situation. A Grief coach who is also a widow can provide the wisdom of real life experience and not just the clinical or intellectual approach.

You can optimize your results by combining this 1:1 experience of coaching with the emotional support of a group. Small groups can provide encouragement when you share your challenges. You can become inspired hearing widows share their achievements and struggles. Each widow has our own individual grief story but there are many things we have in common as widows. Common experiences can bond people together as we share and know you are not alone in your daily grief challenges.

What is the difference between grief counseling and grief coaching? Well, grief counseling is needed when you experience severe depression or lack of coping skills. Psychotherapists can explore your past and why you may have certain reactions now related to those experiences. They also can help you develop coping skills. Grief coaches fully support and refer to therapists when they feel this is needed. Grief coaches can walk with you in your regrowth journey of the normal progression of transformational grief giving direction and focus.

It’s been 18 months since I lost my husband and I know what it’s like to cry and feel lost. But I also know I have built a new life that I am proud of and experience occasional joy. I experience my relationships more fully and try new things with abandon. I want to walk with you on your journey of grief as your Grief Coach. If interested in finding out more, then you can email me at awidowsheart@patriciamckenna.blog. I have a new group starting soon. My Grief Mastermind class includes 1:1 phone calls, group virtual calls and a private Facebook group. It is limited to 6 widows at a time so I will be able to give each one a personal experience. I hope to hear from you soon. Peace and all Good.

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