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Understanding the Healing Journey

Following the death of my wife in 2016, I wanted—no, I needed—to understand my grief. Over the five years since, I have invested thousands of hours speaking with hundreds of people and formally interviewing dozens in various stages of their loss and healing journey. And for two of those years, I’ve had the privilege of

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Permission To Feel The Way You Feel

I know from experience—and I suspect that you know as well—that grief is not linear. When I lost my wife, I didn’t move predictably from one emotion to the next. Sometimes, I even wondered if something was wrong when my feelings swirled again. This the reason we created the Survive-Alive-Thrive model of loss recovery to

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Why The 5 Stages Of Grief Might Not Work For You

The most well-known psychology-based model in the grief-recovery world is the Kuebler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief.” This model, introduced in the 1969 book On Death and Dying by noted Swiss-American psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross, presents a concept that is linear in nature.The model states that a survivor progresses through 5 emotional stages: (1) denial, (2)

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Can I Take A Break From Exercise

I think it is fair to rephrase your question like this; What is the difference between purposeful exercise and movement? Movement Is Not The Same As Exercise Many times, when I attempt to encourage a client to exercise, they respond with, “But I do not stop all day long”. Believe me, I get it, but

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Atomic Emotions

Have you ever seen a diagram of an atom? There’s usually a nucleus made up of tightly packed protons and neutrons at the core, and that nucleus is surrounded by electrons moving in tight oval rotations around the center. There is enormous energy generated when those electrons crash into one another! Now consider what this

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Back From The Brink With Jeff Allen

Host and author Mark S. Negley shares an important conversation with comedian Jeff Allen. Jeff is a very successful comedian who is living a joy filled life, despite a sordid past. Jeff is an alcoholic and drug addict celebrating over 3 decades clean and sober! Transcript [laughter] Jeff Allen: I have only learned one thing

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Comforting Music In The Survive Stage

Because the Survive stage is defined as being in the closest time frame to our loss event, we are most prone to emotional outbursts at this time, including unexpected bouts of weeping, irritability, or even moments of anger or frustration. This is understandable in view of the powerful nature of dealing with loss, and is

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Understanding Loss – A Discussion

Join author Mark S. Negley, with his wife and partner Dr. Melyn Galbreath, and co-host Peter Hartzell, as they begin a discussion around understanding loss and brokenness. If you or someone you love is dealing with a loss event, our hope is that this podcast will give you hope and understanding. We pray that Survive

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Meditative & Restorative Music In The Survive Stage

For many of us, the most intense and turbulent times following loss are those closest to the point of impact following a loss event. This is the season when we’re operating in survival mode—when our heart, mind, and soul are in triage. Because it is closest to the initial event, this is where you likely

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How Does Exercise Affect Grief?

It may sound counter intuitive and it may even sound stressful to think about trying to keep up an exercise routine in the wake of a life impacting event. However, it is during these times of intense stress, that exercise could benefit us the most. Exercise Actually Reduces Stress Exercise, even for short bouts, allows

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