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Healing The Broken Heart

…Recreating Meaningful Life After Death

rustic wood heart healing the broken heart

The experience of loss of a loved one can leave the spirit  feeling victimized, hopeless and confused that life can ever be anything but painful and difficult. Hidden from this survival mode is any hope beyond pain or any joy beyond life’s apparent unfairness.

If you are  beyond the initial shock and grief that follow a painful loss, you may find yourself wondering how you can move forward to make meaning out of your shattered life.  

‘Healing the Broken Heart’  is a three-month (12-session) introspective journey, designed for survivors who seek to recreate their lives in a meaningful and powerful way to restore healing and hope.

 It is a journey of transformation through death to rebirth.  Lost to grief is the knowing that joy can be restored.  If you are now at the point of willingness to believe it’s possible but wondering how, this may be the program for you…  

‘Healing The Broken Heart’ may be for you if:

  • You are on a spiritual path and have done your initial grief work
  • You are willing to move beyond guilt and what’s the point…
  • You are willing to move beyond hiding and avoiding because no one understands
  • You are willing to retire from identifying as a victim
  • You are willing to create a new relationship with your departed loved one

If  You are Committed To:

  • Restoring inner peace and well-being
  • Letting go of survivor guilt
  • Being willing to open to a bigger picture
  • Recreating a purposeful life

You may be an ideal candidate for this program

‘Healing The Broken Heart’ Will Support You in:

  • ‘Rescuing’ yourself from hopeless thoughts and behavior patterns
  • Embracing healthy grieving vs. drowning in self-pity
  • Dancing with shadow (unproductive) emotions
  • Creating a healthy relationship with acceptance
  • Embodying a higher perspective of your potential
  • Recreating a life of value

Guilt and Shame

As if the burden of grief isn’t already enough, survivors often feel guilt and shame around the loss of a loved one.  I’d like to share with you a story that has helped many folks who walk in your shoes, regain perspective…

The Story of the Cracked Pot

A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  At the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot always arrived only half full. 

For two years this went on daily, with the water bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, fulfilled in the design for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was unable to accomplish what it had been made to do. After two years of enduring this bitter shame, the contrite cracked pot spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream, “I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to you.” “Why are you feeling so guilty, so penitent, so repentant …?” the water bearer asked the sad cracked pot, “Tell me, dear pot, what is it that you are so ashamed of…?” “I feel sorry that for these past two years I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do extra work and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said full of remorse. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and was consoled somewhat.

But at the end of the trail, the cracked pot still felt remorse, shame and a feeling of guilt because it had leaked out half its water load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.    

The bearer said to the cracked pot, “Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, and not on the other pot’s side…? That is because I have always known about your flaw and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we’ve walked back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty, these lovely flowers, to grace his house.”   -Anonymous

C. Laurel Brookes, MS, EFT certified (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Laurel’s work with restoring wellness after loss was birthed out of recreating her life after the death of her only child, Tara, at age two.  The journey from death to rebirth has gifted her with highly intuitive abilities  to assist other trauma survivors create a new life of joy and purpose.  Along with an MS in counseling and a 30-year body worker/healer veteran, Laurel has the ability to tune into your individual needs and work with the care and the precision of a skilled surgeon. 

Healing The Broken Heart Program Includes:

*12 weekly individual coaching sessions 

*One weekly email check in support             $1800                                     

($300 discount for participants who sign-up before 2020)     Total:  $1500

*Post-program monthly follow-up sessions 25% discount for one year

Phone or Skype sessions available

 757.567.9814 (leave message or text  and your call will be returned promptly)

Complimentary Consultation:

If you resonate with what you’ve read so far, please feel free to contact Laurel to set up a complimentary consultation to discover if this program is a good fit for you.

Couples Connection

from good to amazing

  • Upgrade your ability to share authentically with your partner so you can continue coming to the relationship generously, joyfully and openly
  • Communicate within a space of respect and safety
  • Be acknowledged, seen and heard
  • Enjoy a new level of intimacy and closeness in your relationship

Couples Connection may be for you if:

  • You already have a good relationship
  • You withhold from your partner at times…
  • On certain topics you communicate in circles
  • Your relationship lacks appreciation or attention

“Laurel gave us a format, exceptional  safety,  and provided a level of comfort that was astonishing in its supportive value.  I am sure we’d have never reached this particularly harmonious  place without her guidance. The session was  beyond invaluable.  I encourage any two people who wish to feel more congruent and relaxed with one another to give this a try!  Recommended without hesitation.” -L Schiller Hanna, Medina, Ohio

Facilitated by:

C. Laurel Brookes, MS, EFT Certified

 Laurel has years of skill and experience empowering couples to communicate with respectful authenticity.  She is a graduate of the Landmark Communication Courses and holds an MS in counseling.   For more information about Laurel, visit:   www.EFTSoulPath.com

Couples Connection Includes:

Phone interview

Initial extended couple’s session

Follow-up visit                                                $700  investment