Pain Relief

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It’s been a year since my wife passed away. Here are some ways I have dealt with that loss that have been helpful in moving me toward recovery and improved emotional health.

Show Up and Pay Attention

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Show Up and Pay Attention
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It’s been a year since my wife passed away. Here are some ways I have dealt with that loss that have been helpful in moving me toward recovery and improved emotional health.

Remembering Karen

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Remembering Karen
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My wife of nearly 30 years passed away on November 2, 2019 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. These are the words I read to the hundreds of people that attended her memorial service. I share them with the same desired outcome as I do with anything I write. I hope that you will hear a bit of your own voice through mine. You may not have lost a spouse like me, but that doesn’t matter. You have your own stories of loss. And all loss needs to be grieved.

The songs I mention in the eulogy are linked to Spotify below:

Hold My Girl by George Ezra

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Beloved by Mumford & Sons

The Enneagram and Grief – Part III

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This is Part III of a 3-part series.

One of the most helpful discoveries for me in the last two months in dealing with grief has been the Enneagram. Unlike a personality test or profile, I found this tool to be particularly helpful in helping me bring closure to the unresolved conflict between my late wife and me. The finality of death ensures that conflict will never get talked through. But through the Enneagram, I’ve been able to find some missing pieces that helped me complete the picture that was my marriage of nearly 30 years.

The Enneagram and Grief – Part II

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The Enneagram and Grief - Part II
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This is Part II of a 3-part series.

One of the most helpful discoveries for me in the last two months in dealing with grief has been the Enneagram. Unlike a personality test or profile, I found this tool to be particularly helpful in helping me bring closure to the unresolved conflict between my late wife and me. The finality of death ensures that conflict will never get talked through. But through the Enneagram, I’ve been able to find some missing pieces that helped me complete the picture that was my marriage of nearly 30 years.

The Enneagram and Grief – Part I

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One of the most helpful discoveries for me in the last two months in dealing with grief has been the Enneagram. Unlike a personality test or profile, I found this tool to be particularly helpful in helping me bring closure to the unresolved conflict between my late wife and me. The finality of death ensures that conflict will never get talked through. But through the Enneagram, I’ve been able to find some missing pieces that helped me complete the picture that was my marriage of nearly 30 years.

For more information about the Enneagram, here are a few resources.

Discovering the Ancient Enneagram by Richard Rohr

Thanks for listening.

Understanding My Grief And The Enneagram – Part III

Here is Part III of my reflections on grief and how the Enneagram is helping me process the loss of my wife of nearly 30 years. Recording is so different than writing. I’m still getting accustomed to hearing my own voice through the speakers. Thanks for listening.

Understanding my Grief through the lens of the Enneagram – Part III
Audio by Kevin Shinn, June 2020

Understanding My Grief And The Enneagram – Part II

Here is Part II in my reflections on my marriage and the passing of my wife seven months ago. I tell about how the Enneagram has allowed me to walk back through the major events of life during my nearly 30 years of marriage and how it has given me insight into the issues we struggled with.

Understanding my Grief through the lens of the Enneagram
Audio by Kevin Shinn, June 2020

Understanding my Grief and the Enneagram – Part I

Today’s post is in audio form. It’s about 20 minutes long. I wanted to communicate some new things I am learning about myself as I walk through the loss of my wife and how the Enneagram has helped bring understanding for me.

Make room.

Understanding my Grief through the lens of the Enneagram
Audio by Kevin Shinn, May 2020