Good Words for Bereavement & Mourning
Transforming Your Grief into Healing
BETH HEWETT, Ph.D.
Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care™ Provider
Grief Coach, Facilitator Trainer, Public Speaker, & Author
If you’re bereaved or if you know someone who is bereaved, Good Words for Grieving may help.
Dr. Beth Hewett understands the pain and anguish of grief all too well: in recent years, Beth has lost her brother, sister, and father, and in-laws. An experienced grief coach, support group facilitator, and facilitator trainer, she works with the MISS Foundation, the Bereaved Parents of the USA, and the grief ministry of her parish, St. Ignatius, Hickory. Her specialty is mindful mourning with Bead Blessings, writing, and other purposeful activities.
The spark that ignited my passion for working with the bereaved was seeing that hope exists after loss. Although grief is forever (because love is forever), we can live fully and happily with (not despite) grief.
Grief can be both crushing and life-enhancing. We can choose to keep on living in the fullness of life that loss brings to us. I think that we become more complete human beings with a softened heart and greater compassion for others when grief is well mourned, as opposed to the hardening of heart and brittleness of life when grief is ignored, avoided, or feared.
– Beth L. Hewett, Ph.D.
In my work as a bereavement facilitator trainer, I have the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting and loving people who have a real passion for working with the bereaved. Many times, their passion comes from having been deeply bereaved themselves. Somehow they came out of the darkness and into the light. Many times, they were successful in finding hope again because someone kindly and thoughtfully walked the grief journey with them. Other times, they found peace in the idea of death from a spiritual or paranormal episode such as a near-death experience.
Hit with Grief?When grief hits, we hurt. Although we may not have a choice about who we’re grieving or why, we do have a choice about how to grieve and to mourn well.
Mourn WellGrief is an internalized, involuntary pain. Mourning involves externalizing the pain of our losses in purposeful ways. The active work of grieving is called mourning.
Seek HelpHelp for grief’s pain can come both from family, friends, support systems, and books. Grief coaching and support groups help us to process the death and its impact on us.
Find HopeIt’s easy to feel forlorn and helpless when grief hits. With mindful mourning and help from others, we can turn those feelings to hope.
Dr. Beth L. Hewett is an experienced grief coach, bereavement facilitator and facilitator trainer, author, public speaker, and writing instructor. Her specialty is mindful mourning with Bead Blessings, writing, and other purposeful activities.
Dr. Hewett is a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care™ Provider and grief coach. Her philosophy is that we deserve support in the sadness of death. She will listen to your story and walk the grief journey with you.
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- Good Words Booklets