Governing Grief

When Jaelyn Davis lost her best friend unexpectedly, grief consumed her.

Unlike other emotions, grief presents itself as a vicious cycle – one that is not linear in nature – but instead one that can generate feelings of anger, which can then turn to sadness, then to confusion, then to acceptance, but suddenly and unexpectedly, back to severe depression.

It’s easy for one to feel hopeless and consumed by grief, but for Jaelyn, those feelings dissipated after attending Grief Coaching Group as it allowed her to connect with others and know she wasn’t alone.

“I will remember the people who made up the group,” Jaelyn says. “I will remember their pain and how we all related to each other.”

Beyond feeling connected to others, Jaelyn says she’s gained takeaways that have enabled her to move forward with her life, despite the fact that her session of Grief Coaching Group has come to an end.

“Moving forward, I will remember to meditate – and how it is OK to take my time during this period and allow the feelings to happen,” Jaelyn says. Grief knows no time limits, and there is no better way to move through the process than to honor one’s own feelings and know how much they matter.

Using My Story to Land a New Job

If you lost your job today, would you know how to harness the power of social media to gain employment? In Diane Kinsella’s Social Media Branding course, I learned how to build my personal brand and maximize my job search efforts using social media.

I have a story to tell. A story that is more than my resume. Diane gave me the tools and the confidence to tell that story. I landed a new job quickly and gained personal insights that will help me be successful in the future.

Diane’s knowledge and research are extensive. She is truly a beacon of hope in what is often a difficult process. I’m thankful to the many donors who support the Journey to Hope mission and Diane’s work.

A Dream Discovered

For a stay-at-home father transitioning into part-time work, it can be difficult to find one’s footing and reemerge into the professional world.

“You’re at a stage in life when you’re really trying to recalibrate yourself,” Patrick Kerin says.

Patrick is a part-time adjunct professor and field supervisor at the University of Cincinnati, and prior to his full-time work as a father, he taught high school.

His wife had previously participated in Journey to Hope’s “Now What? Finding Career Clarity & Life Direction from the Inside Out,” and after hearing such great things, Patrick knew he was next in line.

“What are some dreams I’ve always wanted to accomplish?” Patrick remembers continuously pondering. It was through “Now What?” that he was able to discover them.

“You had the wisdom of the group behind you,” Patrick says. “They really helped me see things that were there – but that were buried – it removed a lot of layers.”

Since his time in “Now What?” Patrick says he’s been provided with a fresh look at teaching and writing. He is more assertively looking for high school teaching jobs and has recognized his passion and potential for writing, as his blog has steadily grown. He was even interviewed for “Heartland History,” a podcast produced by the Midwestern History Association – a true honor for Patrick.

“Through ‘Now What?’ I was able to confirm my interests from a new angle,” Patrick says. “The program was outstanding – I had to work at it – but it was well moderated. People were pushed when they needed to be pushed.”