While I was attacking the grief process, I ran onto someone who really opened my eyes. She is a woman who lost her husband when he was only 33 years old when they had a four year old son. They had just relocated to a new home. The second day she woke up to find her husband dead in bed next to her. You can appreciate that this had devastating results on her and her four year old son. Being a writer by trade and always maintaining a personal journal, she documented her feelings and wrote down what was going on in her life on a daily basis.
Because of the nature of his death and the early stage in their life together this had a devastating impact on her. It took her 10 years to work her way through her personal grief process. Being a writer by trade she decided to put her diary in book form. It was published about 12 years after her husband’s death. It is titled From Heartbreak to Happiness®.
The success from this book and the feedback she received from so many people that it had touched caused her to found a new endeavor that she called the Grief Coach Academy®. This was a very comprehensive program where she trained others to become grief coaches. Being a businessman by background, I was very impressed that a totally new business could be created where nothing like it existed at the time.
During my attempt to attack the grief process associated with the loss of Gretchen, I came across some of Aurora Winter’s material on the Internet. The more I researched Aurora and her business the more my interest was peaked. After some very extensive research and due diligence that is part of my nature as a financial managment person, I decided that this is exactly what I wanted to do. Even though many will wonder if this fits with my background in Corporate America, I believed that this is what I was meant to do with the rest of my life.
After many discussions with Aurora and listening to her training calls with other grief coaches in training, I can say thatAurora is one of the most heart-centered, warm people I have ever met. She is has very good interpersonal skills and has the first hand experience of struggling with her own grief process. A more formal description of Aurora Winter follows:
Aurora Winter is a popular speaker, trainer, coach, and guest on radio and TV. Aurorais the founder of the Grief Coach Academy®. She is passionate about helping others enhance happiness.
A former TV producer, Aurora Winter is the author of From Heartbreak to Happiness®, which has been endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Her latest book, Encouraging Words, will be available December 2011.
It plays directly into my long-time focus on wanting to help others. In addition, my interpersonal and communication skill sets would help me in this new career. If it is possible for a former Chief Financial Officer to be heart-centered, that is exactly what describes me as a person. So I enrolled in the Grief Coach Academy® and I am in the process of undergoing this top quality training program that will allow me to help others and create a new career for myself. The following bible verse has a very special meaning for me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”