“I just want to stop hurting so bad!”

“I will never get past this!”

“No one understands why I am still a mess!”

These are all statements I have heard from grieving parents. From someone who has been through the suffocating darkness caused by the death of my daughter, I can tell you that our grief doesn’t end in weeks, or months, or even years.

When my daughter, Becca, died, I wanted God to just take me from this earth. At the same time, I didn’t want to live out the rest of my life in a shell just waiting for my turn to die. If I had to stay here, I wanted to be able to live without the pain that can’t even be put into words. I didn’t know if that was possible, much less how.

I eventually realized that learning to live without our child is like learning how to live with an amputation. Our daughter had her leg amputated at only three years old (due to bone cancer), so I know a little bit of what that is like. I watched her having to deal with that amputation every day, but I also watched her learn how to live a full life with that part of her body missing.

I allowed a seed of hope to be planted in the darkness of my soul, and I learned how to water and nurture that seed until it grew into a purpose for living once again. My life doesn’t look the same, as I will never be the person I was before Becca died. But I have learned how to live a fulfilled life with meaning again, with that part of me missing.

It doesn’t matter how little or how much time has gone by since the death of your child, the struggle is real. And often it seems to get worse before it gets better. That is NORMAL. But it doesn’t have to continue to be normal for you.

As I was in the darkest part of my grief, God began giving me tools to help me climb out of the suffocating pit, and back onto the path of life. He then began bringing other grieving parents into my life who began looking to me for the hope, light and life I had found through His love and guidance.

This led me to write the book When Tragedy Strikes: Rebuilding Your Life with Hope and Healing After the Death of Your Child. So many parents have shared with me how this book brought light back into their suffocating darkness. 

 

 

You have been a lifeline of light in darkness to me and you have reminded me to cry when the anger threatened to turn to bitterness - Hannah L.

My son's death was a compete traumatic shock and I was angry at God. Laura speaks of this in her book and offered the hope I desperately needed. As I ride the waves of grief, I find I reach for the book over and over again. - Lisa A.

This has been a life altering experience to just absorb the content with every word. Laura's honesty is at times raw and extremely inspiring. I connected on so many levels. - Celeste L.

I've read many books about grief and losing a child, but this book by far has helped me the most. I find myself re-reading it…This book has helped me coming closer to God and trust him more. It has helped restore my faith and to not be so angry about my son being gone. - Amy G.

This book is nothing short of a miracle! … The darkness in my soul has at times been riveting, overwhelming and impossible to dredge through. Laura Diehl has put together words of healing for my wounded heart. - Amazon customer

 

Many of these readers want more. They would like to go even further and deeper, along with getting advice on how to better use the tools in this book. Or they want to have more direct interaction with me personally, as they rebuild their lives.

That is why the When Tragedy Strikes Hope & Healing Course for Bereaved Parents was put together.  It is a course based on my award-winning book When Tragedy Strikes and gives those parents the extra help they are looking for, based on what they want and need.

This audio and video course has three levels, based on how little or how much input you want on your journey.

Level one: A free mini-course that walks you through some of the most difficult parts of the journey for a grieving parent and helps you start the process of rebuilding your life with hope and healing.

  • Taking Care of Yourself - We are three-part beings. We are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. All three of these areas needs special attention in our deep grief, which is what is covered in Level One.

Level two: A full course with seven modules, taking a deeper dive into the book When Tragedy Strikes, giving you more of a blueprint on how to move forward, rebuilding your life with hope and purpose.

This level includes a When Tragedy Strikes eBook.

There is a video introduction to the course, along with a video introduction to each module. The lessons themselves are audio, making it easier to listen to them whenever you want or need to do so. 

1. The Many Facets of Forgiveness – Unforgiveness will keep you from moving forward, and there are things you can do to help forgive those you may feel are unforgiveable, including yourself, the person responsible for your child's death, and God.

2. The Difficult Ripple Effects– We know our loss will affect us deeply for the rest of our lives, and it hurts when family and friends don’t understand why we are still such a mess. How do we deal with these unexpected ripple effects?

3. Taking Care of Yourself – We are three-part beings. We are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. All three of these needs special attention in our deep grief. 

4. Your Changed Identity – The death of our child changes who we are to our very core. Who am I now, and how can I function without my child? 

5. How Can I Ever Trust God Again? – Many parents have their faith in God shattered after the death of their child. But this trust can be rebuilt, and the new fears you now struggle with can be dealt with as well. 

6. I Don’t Think I Can Ever Be Happy Again – When we lose our child, we truly believe it will be impossible to ever enjoy life again. While there will always be an ache in our hearts, it is possible to eventually have a life with hope, purpose and even joy once again. 

7. Finding Meaning, Purpose and a Life Worth Living – As grieving parents, we can remain stuck in the darkness, living in the shell of our bodies, just waiting to die and join our child. But you can learn to live a full and productive life, not in spite of your child’s death, but in a way that honors his or her life. 

Level three: This is the full Level Two course, plus a signed copy of When Tragedy Strikes, AND 8 weeks of personal small group coaching from author, speaker, certified coach and bereaved parent, Laura Diehl. Note: This level is only available 2-3 times each year and limited to only 12 people.

All of the lessons are kept short, and each one has an actionable step to apply, helping you to rebuild your life after the death of your child. Because you have lifetime access and go through the course at your own pace, there is no feeling of being overwhelmed with too much information in your place of grief.

BONUS: Each student (of all three levels) is also invited to a private Facebook community where you have direct access to me, as this is the Facebook page where I “hang out” with other parents who have lost a child. Interaction with the other students is another benefit, because they are all broken, bereaved parents who are connected by some level of faith in God, including those whose faith has been shattered. We answer each other’s questions, weep with those who are weeping and rejoice in each other’s victories (no matter how small) as we also remember our children together. It is a safe place with no judgement or shame where ever you are, emotionally or spiritually, on your grief journey.

 

Unfortunately, enrollment is closed for all three levels of the course at this time.

If you would like to be notified when the new enrollment period begins, please submit your name and email, and we would be happy to inform you when it is getting ready to open, along with all of the details, including the pricing.

And while you are waiting, we would like to send you the MP3 download From Pain to Purpose. This is a message I have given at several churches, where I share how God is not blindsided by any traumatic circumstance in our lives like we may have been, and how He has a plan to take that deep pain and turn it into a deep and fulfilling purpose in our lives if we allow Him to. (This will automatically be sent to you when you submit your information to know when the course is opening for enrollments.)

 

You have a choice. You can choose to continue to struggle in your darkness alone, or you can choose to let someone who has been right where you are walk with you, guiding you out of the darkness and back to that place of hope, light and purpose once again, helping you rebuild your life after the death of your child. 

As parents who have lost a child from this earth, we will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean we can’t live a life with hope, purpose and meaning again. And this is not in spite of our child’s death, but because of our child’s life and the deep love we still have for them.

I look forward to connecting with you in the When Tragedy Strikes Hope & Healing Course and meeting you in our Facebook community, as we travel this unwanted path together.

 

Seriously, we are sorry you caught us between the enrollment periods. Please know it is our honor to serve you in other ways at www.gpshope.org or www.facebook.com/gpshope until you join us in the course. Also, be sure to check out the Grieving Parents Sharing Hope podcast.

And just to let you know, there are a limited number of spots available for the coaching program, so when you hear from us, you will probably want to jump on it quick.