The Grief Helpline With Vernessa Blackwell

Vernessa Blackwell The Grief Strategist &  Ceo/Founder of The Grief Helpline
Vernessa Blackwell The Grief Strategist & Ceo/Founder of The Grief Helpline

Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling or parent our grief can be particularly intense. Loss is understood as a natural part of life, but we can still be overcome by shock and confusion, leading to prolonged periods of sadness or depression. The sadness typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving is an important process in order to overcome these feelings and continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one.

Everyone reacts differently to death and employs personal coping mechanisms for grief. Research shows that most people can recover from loss on their own through the passage of time if they have social support and healthy habits.

For over two decades Vernessa Blackwell served as a veteran in the military; she served her country proudly as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer. Helping soldiers was her vocational calling and she loved every moment. As an SR OPNS NCO she helped soldiers on a daily basis for over 24yrs. Vernessa assisted families and soldiers with issues related to death, bereavement and grief.

“I can recall a time when a soldier’s Mom passed away and he was on deployment. I contacted the Red Cross to get the message to the soldier. Once the soldier was back in the U.S there was no life insurance policy. We put the soldier’s family in touch with the Army Aid Society where he obtained a no interest loan to bury his Mother. Every moment I spent gave me life and in this I discovered my life’s purpose-helping others overcome grief. I personally dealt with the unwarranted condition caused by the loss of loved ones- I lost both parents and 4 siblings over the past few years.”

Blackwell’s passion to help restore, rebuild and revive others birthed her boutique “Grief Helpline,” along with a collection of books. She is working to contact as many organizations, companies, and FEMA to be of service to those who are in need. “I truly believe in my heart, my true purpose is to service, in times when people need help the most.”

Vernessa Blackwell
Vernessa Blackwell

Human beings are naturally resilient, considering most of us can endure loss and then continue on with our own lives. But some people may struggle with grief for longer periods of time and feel unable to carry out daily activities. Those with severe grief may be experiencing complicated grief.

Real Time Deaths in America: reported by CDC 7/18/2017

Abortions: 593872

Heart Disease: 334103

Cancer: 321786

Tobacco: 190342

Obesity: 166957

Medical Errors: 136749

Stroke: 72386

Lower Respiratory Disease: 77737

Accident (unintentional): 73990

Hospital Associated Infection: 53840

Alcohol: 54383

Diabetes: 41597

Alzheimer's Disease: 50871

Influenza/Pneumonia: 30034

Kidney Failure: 23255

Blood Infection: 18199

Suicide: 23261

Drunk Driving: 18386

Unintentional Poisoning: 17271

All Drug Abuse: 13599

Homicide: 9136

Prescription Drug Overdose: 8158

Murder by gun: 6250

Texting while Driving: 3257

Pedestrian: 2719

Drowning: 2129

Fire Related: 1903

Malnutrition: 1508

Domestic Violence: 794

Smoking in Bed: 424

Falling out of Bed: 325

Killed by Falling Tree: 81

Struck by Lightning: 45

“I hope you will see the need to help me help others.” Vernessa Blackwell is also the Author of The Grief Helpline available on Amazon NOW! For more information visit www.griefhelpline.coach .

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