November 16, 2016

Let’s talk about Grief, the Holidays and how to get through them with a Happy face. 

For some people, it will be hard enough to get up and make it through each day. Add on the feelings of loneliness, anxiety, anger and depression. You would love to take a break from all these over the holidays, but Grief does not take Holiday breaks. 

An important first step is to recognize that the holidays will be tough, especially if it’s the first one. Be realistic with yourself and don’t fight the added emotions. Learn to say “No”. 

1. Surprised by your Emotional Ambushes: Just the thought of Christmas the holidays, your traditions, the tree, the cards, holiday gatherings can sometimes hit you when you least expect it. The emotions and tears flood in. These tears are a gift from God because sometimes we don’t have the words and the tears come. Take charge and say I’m crying because I have suffered a devastating loss. Take out your handkerchief and don’t apologize. Have a plan and decide what you are...

November 3, 2016

No matter how long it’s been since your loved one passed away, the holidays can still be a painful time.  The good news is that there is Hope. Join me for an encouraging Grief-Share workshop that will help you survive the holidays while finding new reasons to enjoy the holiday again. 

Monday, November 14th from 

7:PM - 9:PM 

Parkview Christian Church

11100 Orland Parkway

Orland Park, IL 60467

The workbook cost $10 at the door  

call Patti, with any questions. 708-478-7477 ext.235 

or email me, JoAnn Michalik

May 6, 2016

Another Mother's Day and I have to celebrate it without you.  It is not fair.  I see all these happy people on the news celebrating with their mothers.  At least they are not taking their time for granted, but it just magnifies my loss.


How to Get Through this day, when I am still grieving a loss?  The most important step is to be honest with yourself!  It is a sad reminder of what you have lost and it is ok to be sad.  Just understand that there is a difference between taking a moment to be sad and letting it consume you.  We can all fall into the pit of replaying a situation in our mind over and over again, but it won't do us any good.  The story won't ever change into a happy ending.  Break the record after it has played once and force yourself to do something to bring balance.


Life is like a teeter- totter, ups and downs.  Just like I said to embrace the sadness, now you have to find some happiness to balance yourself.  Our bodies like to be in ba...

March 10, 2016

There are two wolves of beautiful distinction.  They each have the same strength, speed and agility.  The first wolf is a realist.  He understands there is only so much prey, so much time in one day and only so much distance he can run.  He is a hard worker, day in and day out and has settled with just getting by.  He never tries to get anything more because he realizes it is unlikely to be a productive use of his time.  Each night he settles down into his nest and is comforted by the knowledge that tomorrow will be exactly as he expects.


The second wolf is a dreamer.  Always running after whatever he wants.  It doesn’t matter how far away something is or even how impossible of a catch it seems.  He leaps into the streams with no fear, and not even for one-second doubts that he will make it to the other side.  He always eats the largest portion of the catch because he believes he deserves it.  He works hard every day but doesn’t even know it because he would be...

March 7, 2016

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