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.

An Oasis of Ideas

It was at a Job Search focus group in Hyde Park that Kathie Turner first heard someone mention Journey to Hope.

The topic of conversation: LinkedIn Learning Lab.

“I wanted to know more,” Kathie says. “I had attempted LinkedIn prior — but with questions and some difficulties.”

Kathie remembers looking at her daughter’s profile and noticing how different it looked.

“I actually asked her to look at mine, and she hated it,” Kathie says jokingly.

In an ever-evolving technological society, it’s critical to keep up with the latest tips and trends, and LinkedIn Learning Lab allowed Kathie to learn how to do just that, while setting herself apart within her field.

After a positive experience at LinkedIn Learning Lab, Kathie was ready for her next venture: Strengths Based Career Management.

“I determined that I wanted to pursue another clinical position,” Kathie says. “But I’m also in the midst of more schooling. After returning to Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in the fall, I’ll be able to take the exam to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.”

After engaging in two different offerings at Journey to Hope, Kathie has reemerged into the medical field as a family nurse practitioner at Crossroads Health Center, where she’ll be able to utilize her mental health certification in the near future.

“My interaction at Journey to Hope was very positive – I was kind of at a plateau where I felt like I was treading water,” Kathie says. “Coming to Journey to Hope was like a little oasis…I could exchange ideas, have intelligent conversation, and leave feeling very hopeful.”

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.”