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The difference in how we experience life, aging and dying depends on whether we choose love or fear

Our journey starts with this choice ~ birgitta

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Stress, fear and grief are common for many of us as we journey through hard times. Alleviating fears, bringing clarity and providing a sense of calm are shared goals that bring peace of mind. As your coach I journey with you, walk beside you and support you. So you feel empowered and experience greater levels of well­ being. We work together to uncover values, wishes and needs that, form the basis for exploring choices and creating a holistic plan to navigate the unfamiliar roads ahead. Practical and effective tools provide relief and ease to support your physical, spiritual and emotional well­ being.

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Providing a holistic approach to supporting the end of life journey for those transitioning and their care circle before, during and after death is an honor. Death is a challenging physical, emotional and spiritual process. This is a time where we benefit from the kind and compassionate knowledge of a End of Life Guide who understands death and the care needed in a non­-medical context, providing support, guidance and holding space for the emotional and spiritual challenges of dying. As an End of Life Guide I work with the dying and their care circle on: Planning, legacy, family dynamics, completion, social­-emotional support, rituals, home funerals and grief.

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As an Aging and Transition Guide I work with individuals and families as they move through challenges due to aging, illness, dementia and end of life. I am a guide for the unfamiliar roads that we must all travel.

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In my humble opinion... we should have public education and service announcements that teach us about dying just like anything else worth knowing about. In the absence of knowledge we often foster fear. Dying and death without fear is a miraculous process to be present for, a miraculous process to witness...Hard and sad but filled with grace and wonder. Find support and find the wisdom and knowledge you need. Rethink what you know about death and dying. If you want to connect or know more about my services as an End of Life guide please Private Message me.
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with love,
Birgitta Kastenbaum

Dr. Kathryn Mannix explains why we should all talk about dying.

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The effect of grief on our body is something we need to talk about. Holding on to weight, loosing your hair, chronic respiratory issues are all examples of issues we may deal with in grief. Our bodies are in an extreme stress responds and we need to bring our bodies back to homeostasis so it can correct itself. This is not easy and takes time and often a coach of sorts, who will hold space for us as we nurture the emotional and spiritual parts of our grief journey as well as the physical. I like the list the author of this article compiled as a starting point. Mindfulness practices, Essential Oils and proper supplements are essential as well.
If you are grieving, know that while your grief journey is exclusively yours there are things we can learn from each other, that there is wisdom to be shared, that grief is a tangled mess that takes a long time to unravel but that it can be done. Connect with me if you want to know more.
With much love, Birgitta Kastenbaum10 THINGS I WISH MY DOCTOR TOLD ME AFTER LOSS

At first, I could not eat any food.
I could not even smell it.
I felt nauseous and my body had almost shut down digestion.
No appetite. No remembering to eat.
I dropped down to 116 pounds and I didn’t realize it.
I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize myself.
My body did not want to live anymore and it was making it clear to me.
As time went by, I slowly started to eat again.
But what I didn’t know then was that my body was so used to not getting any food that when it did, it held onto it for dear life, in case it had to go through grief again.
It almost forgot how to do digestion.
The truth I didn’t know then was that my physical system was messed up by grief.
It took me years and many wrong turns to be on the road to recovery for my body too.
Finally, I am at a place where I am at peace with how my body dealt with loss.
I learned a few things the hard way.
It takes months to even years of unlearning processing food for survival. To finally processing food for thriving and nourishing.
Your body is grieving too.
It is trying hard to survive.
But it can’t speak. It can’t cry.
That is why it has high levels of cortisol and inflammation.
This is the body’s feelings after loss.
I am a little angry at my doctor who never said anything about this.
Never explained to me that I had to keep the body away from living in the duality I lived in.
Nobody told me about this part of loss when I needed to know.
Now I know. Now you know. And now we can choose differently.

These are the things I wish my doctor told me after my loss.

1. Find someone to hold you accountable when it comes to what you eat every day.
2. Know that it will be harder for you to do this than it is for people who have not been through what you have. Your body is used to grieving not living. It is used to holding on not letting go.
3. Move every day as if your life depends on it. It does.
4. Think of sugar as a really bad therapist from now on.
5. When you are craving something have some nuts.
6. Drink coffee. It’s not bad for you. Unless you are a tea person. Then drink tea.
7. When you feel hungry too soon know that you are thirsty.
8. You are worthy of a body that can digest well again.
9. The more stress you have in your day the more your body will keep the food for itself.
10. Your body needs to be told with food that you are on your way to recovery.

Just start here.

And forgive yourself when you have a day where you forget all of the above. It will happen.
It happened to me yesterday.
Then I had to find my way back to forgiveness and begin the journey again.

With love for my body,

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