LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, or the Mississippiriver flood leave a wake of devastation. They destroy people's homes and crops, devastate lives, demolish communities, bankrupt businesses, and shatter our sense of safety. What do you say to someone dealing with an enormous loss?
To comfort someone who is heartbroken, start by listening. "It's important for you to know what an enormous gift you give by simply listening. It is a relief to a heartbroken person to talk about their loss," says Aurora Winter, author of From Heartbreak to Happiness.
For example, people might share their heartbreak over losing family photographs, a treasured family heirloom, or a pet. They might share their feelings of being overwhelmed at having to return to a devastated property and begin the process of rebuilding. They might share their financial fears.
"When you listen without fixing, you are being a true friend. Be patient and allow people to vent their feelings," says Aurora, a grief expert. "Don't argue with a person's feelings. Don't interrupt to 'problem solve.' Having a sounding board helps people discover their own answers and their own solutions."
Here are Aurora's suggestions for some good things to say.
"Time alone does not heal. The right actions heal. Be proactive," says Aurora, who hosts events to help people recover from loss and become happy again.
Attending the right event can be a fast way to reclaim peace of mind and happiness. "Amazing, incredible, indescribable! I have joy in my heart that I have not had for 4 1/2 years!" said Miki Knowles, after attending a grief coach training event.
"Healing is a process, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel," says Aurora. "If I can go from heartbreak to happiness, you can, too."
Aurora's book "From Heartbreak to Happiness" is her intimate diary of healing after her husband died suddenly at the age of 33, leaving her widowed with a 4-year-old son.
As a resource to comfort people dealing with loss, visit http://www.AuroraWinter.com/gifts and get your free copy of From Heartbreak to Happiness, which has been endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
To learn more about how to help yourself and help others, visit http://www.GriefCoachAcademy.com and get a free CD.
About Aurora Winter
Formerly a film and TV executive producer, Aurora Winter is founder of Grief Coach Academy, which is dedicated to training coaches how to coach their clients through grief, and From Heartbreak to HappinessŪ. She hosts events to teach people how to help themselves and help others. The next event is September 10-11 in Los Angeles. Visit http://www.PowerofHappinessEvents.com for information.
She's a popular media guest, and has reached over a million people with her message of hope, healing, and happiness. She's a sought-after workshop leader, coach trainer, speaker, and author.
Dr. Wayne Dyer endorsed Aurora's book, "From Heartbreak To Happiness": "I read every page of this beautiful diary -- it touched my heart and I'm sure it will impact yours." Visit http://www.AuroraWinter.com to get your complimentary ebook.
Aurora co-stars with best-selling authors, including Bernie Seigel (author of "Love, Medicine, and Miracles"), in the award-winning documentary "What If."
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