“A healer is not someone that you go to FOR healing. A healer is someone who triggers within you your own ability to heal yourself.” – Unknown
As you will see when you visit the web-page above, I am Mother Nature’s daughter through and through; I am most at one with life when I am in her embrace. I am an author. I have a passion to listen to others share the chapters and stories of their life, to see purpose in all life’s ebbs and flows, and to advocate for holistic healing methodologies. I am a writer of life stories. As empathetic listener, and as writer, I inspire, and I aid healing. I also write eulogies and for celebration of life ceremonies, privileged to give a small token of support to others as they walk hand in hand with grief. I am a mentor. I aspire to counsel / coach others not to lose hope. I have a vision to integrate death into life. The most powerful form of leadership [we] can imagine – leading a suffering person back to life from a living death (Ferch, pp. 123-124)
As you continue to explore hopehasacoldnose.com, you will also read about a journey in leadership that I have traveled from January, 2017 through August, 2018. You will learn about a second book in development – Hope has a Cold Nose. And you will learn through review of my curriculum vitae and the page titled “Emerging Future” that I desire to inspire healing and social change, as well as to be an advocate for those who are unable to speak in words others initially know how to hear.
If you have read my first book, To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet, you will learn that I do not see death as goodbye. I envision ways that death can be integrated into life such that death is not feared or kept hidden from discussion. Instead, my vision is that purpose can be found. I desire to inspire broken hearts to find their rhythm to beat more evenly again.
As noted above, I offer written life stories. The life stories are not only if you or someone you love is nearing the end of their life on Earth. Written life stories are also available to aid in healing a painful chapter of life. I also write life stories for individuals who are reaching what society refers to as the “Golden Years”. I like to refer to these individuals as wise elders, for in each dialogue shared together, I gather much wisdom through their experiences and what their experiences have taught them. When we give, we receive, and I receive a grounded-ness in being present in my life relishing every day of the journey without rush to a destination. I write stories of those who have courageously embraced hope and dignity, who have found within themselves the rhythm of their heartbeat again. These individuals inspire hope for others to find the same. And, I write life stories for eulogies and celebrations of life as tribute to a beautiful life well-lived. I also write obituaries.
Each and every story lived is not ordinary, but truly extraordinary. And I am privileged each time a story is shared with me, that I can then recount the story in written form using how I see life – beautiful, purposeful, and remarkable.
A written life story is often a starting point, and an on-going listening ear the evolution to a continuing relationship. I offer mentorship. I welcome the opportunity to counsel / coach someone to find within themselves their own strength. I relish celebrating with you when you are fully immersed in your own hope and faith.
If you are interested in a life story, or would like to talk further, please contact me using the link below or by visiting the tab titled “Contact”.
I look forward to our paths intersecting.
We’re all just walking each other home – Ram Dass
Ferch, S. (2012). Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant-Leadership as a Way of Life. Lanham, Maryland. Lexington Books.
References and Testimonials
The stories helped validate the value and significance of patients’ and families’ existence. We all want to know our lives mattered. Christine’s writing left a sense of satisfaction and completion as she helped people celebrate their own lives. – G. Carlson
Christine writes with intention and intuition. Her words flow in an unusual way but convey exactly what a person is and what needs to be told. I asked Christine to write my mother’s life story even though they had never met. The finished piece was amazing in its accuracy and brought my mother back to life for me if only for a few minutes. I am so very thankful to Christine for this gift of my mother’s story. Christine has a unique gift and I pray she continues to share it with others. – B. J. Ferry
Christine has a gift for being fully present with those facing death, and their loved ones. She openly offers them a forum to share what is important, to talk about favorite memories, to laugh and to cry. By doing so, she discovers the heart of what makes them unique, then with great thoughtfulness and care, pens a tangible, lasting legacy for loved ones to cherish. – M. Soule
To hold a written copy of a thoughtful reflection on a life often seems more meaningful and durable than the spoken word. People are pleased to be able to share their story with others. G. Carlson
The letters [from their mom] will become a “bible” to the boys. – K. Goldin
Christine had an intuitive way of getting to the reality of people’s lives. It was amazing to see how she picked up on the spiritual essence of individuals and families. Her insight was often valuable to me in preparing eulogies. – G. Carlson
I just wanted to extend to you a very special THANK YOU for your hard work at writing mom’s life story so well. I read it as you wrote it as her Eulogy at her funeral and everyone loved it and said it captured her personality, even her soul. – B. McNally
I highly recommend Christine and her skills writing Life Stories. They provide significance and peace through a difficult time. – M. Soule
I lost my best friend of 40 years. Christine reached out and wanted to know if I’d like her to write a piece about our friendship. I gave her information about us and she came up with a wonderful writing. It was beautiful, and I will always be grateful to her. Christine has a special talent and I’ll use her again if the need arises. C. Arenas
Families could pass written life stories on to younger generations, preserving the loved-one’s legacy. – G. Carlson