Christine Hassing is the author of her memoir, To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet and a compassionate mentor, teaching individuals to find a centeredness in life, in their leadership, and within themselves.
It was while Christine was using her intuitive listening skills as a life story writer and earning her MA that her path intersected with a veteran and his service dog. In that way that no moment in life is coincidental, this encounter would guide Christine to write Hope Has a Cold Nose.
Hope Has a Cold Nose is a compilation of twenty-three life stories of how hope, dignity, and healing were found with the aid of service dogs for veterans experiencing P.T.S.D. Or, as Christine likes to reframe it as pain, trauma, sorrow, despair in the hope of encouraging awareness, unconditional listening, and compassion. Christine’s capacity to listen and recount the words of storytellers create compelling testimonies to engage and endear support for veterans struggling to integrate back into civilian life for anyone who is suffering from pain, trauma, sorrow, or despair. Her stories inspire hope.
Christine is a passionate advocate for holistic well-being, animals as healers, and the integration of pain, trauma, sorrow, despair, and grief into living a “hope-full” life. In addition to her writing, Christine is also a self-employed leadership mentor. Using thirty years industry experience and a holistic approach, she coaches individuals and teams to be transformational change agents for their organizations, their communities, and within their own personal lives.
Christine accompanies individuals and teams through significant organizational alterations that include onboarding of a leader into a new role with a new team and company restructuring/ downsizing/ site closures.
When not writing and mentoring, Christine facilitates “How to Write a Story of Your Life” workshops, where she teaches others how they, too, can write their own extraordinary life stories.
Christine resides where her loudest neighbors are the bull frogs and blue herons, alongside her husband and their four-legged souls, each with a cold nose.