Courage Hope Danger Victory

Step follows step.  Hope follows courage.  Set your face toward danger.  Set your heart on victory.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine    pg 93

We must concern ourselves most with that part of us which is eternal. ~ Valerie

 We must concern ourselves most with that part of us which is eternal.  ~  Valerie

Living effectively

Reconciling a death is different than “getting over it.”  You never really “get over it” you just process and reconcile it so that you can go on living effectively.

Grief is what happens to us when a loved one dies.  Or we may experience grief from another kind of loss.  Mourning is the process we go through to reconcile our loss so that we can continue to go forward with life.  It is a process of letting go of the past so that we can move to the future.

Mourning using healthy methods helps us not become mired in our grief, weighed down, and unable to move ahead successfully.

Christian Counselor joins LCC

Valerie joined the practitioners at Leawood Counseling Center in January 2013.

Valerie Rhodes is certified as a Christian Counselor and a Grief and Loss Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas.

As a cancer survivor and then care-giver for a cancer survivor Valerie has continued to serve others facing cancer or any other chronic illness.  As a Christian Counselor she specializes in helping others deal with grief and disaster.

Following the close deaths of a dear lifelong friend, and tragic sudden deaths of a cousin and then a great niece Valerie undertook training to become certified as a Grief and Loss Coach.   She is currently studying to receive her Certification in Stress and Trauma Care.   She offers tools that help others cope with their grief and losses.