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Life Coach guides many through grieving process
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · February 27th, 2017

Grief comes in many forms. Although it is often associated with losing a loved one, grief can come as a result of changing jobs, divorce, and other losses and life transitions.

Berlinda Owens, owner of Illuminate Life and Grief Coaching in Hiawatha, guides her clients through the grieving process through a variety of techniques.

"As a Grief Coach, I help clients understand how grief affects and shapes every aspect of their life," said Owens. "I provide support to the client as they embrace their 'new normal.'"

Owens explained changes are not always easy to deal with after a loss. "I provide my clients with the skills and tools to manage, respond to, and work through the grief process: shock or disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and both acceptance and hope."

She also helps them move forward onto a new path after they experience the loss.

"I help them see hope for the future by providing them with skills and tools to cope with grief during the holidays and special days such as birthdays, an anniversary, and Valentine's Day. Many people want to avoid grief, but really it's the pain of the loss that we want to avoid. Grief is the healing process that ultimately brings us comfort in our pain if we allow it to happen without interference of our distorted thinking."

Some people may not even realize they are grieving and could become "stuck." Owens helps her clients deal with their emotions in a healthy way, so they can begin the grieving process.

"Once they are able to understand the process, they can begin to move forward. They now have a new normal, a new way of being in the world, one that may be completely different from anything they have known. I help them embrace their inevitable 'change.'"

Owens added that there is no set timetable for how long one should grieve.

"Every person processes grief differently," she said. "No two people grieve the same way, even when they are from the same family. Grief is unique, and everyone's grief journey is their own. There is no way around grief. It's a journey that each person must take individually."

To schedule an appointment to talk to Berlinda more about the grieving process, contact her at (319) 573-0123.

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