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Christina Rasmussen Christina Rasmussen happiness connector. thought shifter. soul communicator.

Technically speaking, Christina Rasmussen is a Grief Counselor – she prefers to call herself a Strategist for Life After Loss. She crusades to change the way we cope with grief, devastation, and longing. [www.secondfirsts.com]

I live for the moments when I see someone’s face shift from grief to life. When I coach mothers who’ve lost children, I know there’s so much inside them, and with a couple of questions I can bring them from grief into life. Witnessing that is magical.

People ask me, “How do you do that kind of work? It must be devastating.” There’s devastation, and then there’s paradise. I’m the bridge. This is my gift. It’s what I’m here to do – be the bridge from grief to life. 

In 2006, when my beloved husband died of colon cancer at the age of 35, I couldn’t believe the magnitude of the pain and loss I experienced. I couldn’t believe we could take people to the moon, but couldn’t give them the tools to bring themselves back to life after the devastation of loss. I knew then that I’m here for a reason. I didn’t just need to get myself back, I needed to get everyone else back. I was determined. I got myself back to life first, then I turned around. Now I’m going back to get everyone else.

From a practical standpoint, when we go through devastating loss, the brain sends out a huge alarm telling us we need to protect ourselves and not move onward in any way. The brain creates an infinite loop of loss. We go into automatic pilot mode where we feel like we’re grieving over and over again. But that’s not grief. It’s a repetitive pattern of the brain that keeps us from living again.

With the right question, asked when the brain isn’t expecting it, that repetitive pattern gets interrupted. That’s my way in. The moment someone says, “Oh my gosh! I didn’t realize that! I’ve never thought of it that way before,” there’s an opening for them to commit to plugging into a brand new activity that will allow them to start creating a life within their grief. By repeating that process, momentum is created for interrupting the automatic-pilot loop.

I want to move from my head to my soul 100 percent of the time. When I’m in my head, I’m just a human, full of insecurities, and that’s not the woman who can create change in millions of people’s lives. The way forward is through the soul.

Christina Rasmussen

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