Living Your Life with Purpose and Intention

grief grief and loss May 12, 2022

This is a brief pause along the journey to reflect on what makes my life rich with meaning - in the midst of grief and enjoyment.

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How do we accept hardship as the pathway to peace?

grief grief and loss Mar 10, 2022

The longer version of the Serenity Prayer has a phrase in it that has always caused me to stop and ponder what it means. Here's one perspective on what it means to pray, "...accepting hardship as the pathway to peace."

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The Healing Power of the Grief Cleanse

grief grief and loss loss Apr 29, 2021

When we experience loss, it's important to find healthy ways to process what we're feeling and dealing with. The grief cleanse is one tool Cam has used and found very powerful as a way to find deeper healing and relief.

 

The purpose

A process that validates your grief and helps you release the pain of your loss.

Matthew 5:4 TM You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The commitment

  • You need to give some undisturbed time for this process.
  • 15-30 minutes per day for seven days (then as needed after that).

The tools

  • A journal & pen (or other writing method)
  • The steps
  • A quiet place

The posture

  • The courage to face your fears and doubts along
  • The faith to trust God’s healing work within you

The Eight Steps

Step 1: Get quiet and comfortable (breathe in and out a few...

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Is Your Congregational Grief and Loss Model Adequate?

closure grief loss transition Sep 08, 2020

FULL TRANSCRIPT
[The following is the transcript of this week’s video. It’s not word for word but a close representation of what Cam said in his video. This transcript is provided for those of you who are unable to watch the video or would prefer to read the message instead of listen to it].

Is your congregational grief and loss model adequate? I asked you that question, not only for those of you dealing with congregations in transition as you come to the season of closure, but because we have a much broader reality going on in our congregations because of what's going on in our culture because of the pandemic. and COVID realities and restrictions. There's been a lot of loss.

There's been a lot of things to be grieved in order for congregations to be able to move forward. What I have to say today might be relevant for a lot of situations. Now, I'm speaking mostly to people who are involved with churches in transition but as you rub shoulders and come in touch with...

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Is Your Grief and Loss Model Adequate?

Listen to the audio version here. 

FULL TRANSCRIPT
[The following is the transcript of this week’s video. It’s not word for word but a close representation of what Cam said in his video. This transcript is provided for those of you who are unable to watch the video or would prefer to read the message instead of listen to it].

I have a question for you that I'd like you to think about for just for a few minutes.

Is your grief and loss model that you're working with adequate? There's been so many losses this last year. So many people that are dealing with transition, dealing with job loss, financial loss, loss of health. People have lost family members. There's been a great disturbance in the whole church community — going from the way things used to be to whatever the way things might look like in the future.

I want to suggest that your loss model and my loss model, if it looks like this (see image), might be inadequate. This model does have value and can help...

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