I was raised by my aunt in Alabama in the 60s. I was an infant and my aunt was handicapped with only one leg. She raised me as if I was her own daughter since I had no real relationship with my natural mother at the time. When I was 14 years old my aunt passed away. When she passed away I was heartbroken. Her passing created an opportunity for me to move to NY and live with my biological mother and stepfather in my teens. I have to admit this was not an easy transition for me. I had no relationship with my mother and her husband.
I often felt like an outsider in my own family I felt as if I was missing something, I later realized that the something I was missing was love and to feel loved. I decided then that if I was not going to be the one getting love then I would be the one to give it. Soon after I had my daughter in my 20s. My goal was to give and receive all the love in my heart to her that I felt was missing in my life.
Five years later I met my first husband, we had five children together. Not long after our marriage I realized that my husband at the time was hurting like I was and we didn't have the ability to express our emotions. We decided to stay in a loveless hurting marriage for 35 years. Once the children were grown and out of the house I decided to reclaim my life.
I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to many interesting parts of the world with my new freedom. I always had a fascination and interest in people. I traveled to Jerusalem, England and Romania. These experiences left me enriched with culture and a longing to connect more with the people around me. During this time I also met a man, fell in love and got married to my soul mate. We were married for almost four years. We shared so much joy and healing from our past experiences. My husband was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He fought hard to stay on this earth with me but he passed away.
My education and experience in Grief Recovery gave me the tools I needed to find the healthy ways of grieving and the ability to experience life with new hopes and expectations. I was fortunate to already have the foundation of Grief recovery.
I worked with emotionally disturbed children for many years as a substitute clerical assistant in the middle schools, a paraprofessional in special education, a child care counselor at a residency facility, school bus driver and a spiritual coordinator at a residency program. My life experience, professional experience and education in Grief Recovery gave me what I needed to become equipped with the ability to help people find their way through the challenges that life gives us. I live in Woodstock NY and I am active in community. I am here to help you find your way through these difficult times.