Grieving Back to Life

Grieving Back to Life

I assist ALL women but I specialize in women who have been impacted by the criminal legal system!

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As I left the gym today, I couldn’t help but think of you and the accident that took you away. It made me realize that just like me, you had plans and dreams. You had a vision and a mission in life. It’s heartbreaking to know that you were robbed of that vision. As I cried on my way out of the gym, I couldn’t help but miss you and all the things that should have been.

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Looking at this picture brings back painful memories of the hurt and disgust I felt every time my children had to leave. It would take me days to gather myself after just one visit. I have never been separated from my kids since I became a parent, so being away from them while in prison was incredibly challenging. Losing the ability to be a parent is a tragedy that is difficult to put into words.

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Happy New Year from
Ayana the Grief Coach


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🎄Happy Holidays, everyone! 🎄

As we gather with our loved ones and celebrate this joyous season, let’s take a moment to remember those who may not be feeling as happy during this time. While the holidays can be filled with warmth and cheer, they can also bring about feelings of loneliness, grief, or hardship for some.

Let’s be mindful of those who may be struggling and extend a hand of compassion and support. Reach out to friends, family, or even strangers who might need a listening ear or a kind gesture. Sometimes, a simple act of kindness can make all the difference in someone’s day.

Remember, the true spirit of the holidays lies in spreading love, understanding, and empathy. Let’s make this season brighter for everyone, especially those who may be going through a tough time. Together, we can create a community that uplifts and supports one another.

Wishing you all a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and moments that warm your heart. Let’s make it a time of togetherness and compassion for all. ❤️🎄


For many of us, our pets are an important part of our family, and their absence during the holidays can be deeply felt.

We miss our Mayjah, who brought so much love and happiness into our lives. His playful antics, wagging tail, and unconditional love made every day brighter. During the holidays, we can’t help but think about the moments we shared with him.

Their absence is especially noticeable during family gatherings and holiday traditions. We remember how he would eagerly photo bomb every photo, curling up under us like a baby. Mayjah’s presence is missed and now there is a void that cannot be filled.

However, even though our dog is no longer physically with us, his memory and spirit live on in our hearts. We can also find comfort in knowing that he is still a part of our family in a different way.


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Love Lasts Forever 💙

I can tell you with all honestly that grief lasts a lifetime. If that sounds like a total downer, I can also tell you that the good news is that love also lasts a lifetime. Love isn’t something that can be taken away from you. Death doesn’t mean the relationship has ended.
Love lasts forever because you can keep it locked in your heart, in your rituals, and in all the decisions you make going forward.

That love is a big part of who you are...and it keeps you intimately connected to the person that you lost. They still live in you. It’s something that can’t be removed or destroyed...even if your heart is’s still beating.

Here’s the everything you do to honor keep that love alive.
Always remember that moving forward isn’t the same as moving on. The love in your heart will outlast the pain and sadness you may be feeling right now, and you’ll continue to take that love with you wherever you go.

The love you shared is the love that continues to make your own heart beat. You learn that at the bottom of your brokenness, there’s still a love that can never be erased...and it’s that love that makes continuing to live your life possible.

How you live your life is the contribution you make to the love you both shared...and still share.

-Gary Sturgis


To start working with me, please follow these steps:

✅1. Email: Reach out to me via email to express your interest in working together. Provide a brief overview of your grief or the type of loss you experienced . You can expect a prompt response from me.

✅2. Call: If you prefer to discuss your needs over the phone,

✅3. Book a free call: You can also book a free call with me by clicking on the provided link. This will take you to my scheduling page where you can select a date and time that works best for you. During the call, we can discuss your grief journey and assess how I can assist you.

Whichever method you choose, I look forward to hearing from you and discussing how we can work together.


That’s it that’s all , a Thank you to God is all I have.


I work with this population of justice impacted women because I deeply understand the struggles, pain, and hard work they endure in their lives to achieve success. This is what healing looks like. Tiawana Brown, a newly elected Charlotte NC City Council member, and a woman who triumphed over incarceration.

Her story is a testament to and , proving that we are capable of monumental achievements!

Tia’s triumphs are remarkable. What’s phenomenal is that she consistently brings people along consistently.


Last night, a great time was had at the GALA. I love witnessing the wonderful things happening and to my sisters and all they continue to accomplish the dedication you demonstrate to providing others with not only hope but also resources and a sense of family they might not have experienced elsewhere. Keep striving, keep dreaming, and keep impacting lives of justice impacted men and women in such a profound way. Cheryl, you are a trailblazer. you know it’s nothing but love. Thank you again, for the invite.❤️



Grief is loss. Loss, regardless of the type, rearranges and resets everything you thought you knew to be true. Footing seems less sure, daylight seems darker, the future is ambiguous. You’re a ship at sea without anchor, rudder or even the North Star. Moving forward is madness. Moving back is impossible. And there you are.

Coping with grief and loss includes processes that the person has to undergo to bring healing. Here are things that would help you deal with your loss-

Hold on: allow yourself to feel your feelings

Grief and loss bring a drastic shift in a person’s life. It brings an abrupt end to something important to you. You never imagined your life without it. So the person has to undergo a transition. This transition cannot be hurried. You have to sit with your grief and pain. You have to allow it to happen. You have to hold on. You have to allow yourself to feel everything that comes with it.

You may feel angry, numb, guilt-stricken, fearful, impatient, frustrated, or lonely. It is okay to have these feelings as this forms part of the healing process.

Seek support from a coach/others

It is very common during grief to withdraw and feel helpless. You might feel - “I don’t want any support or sympathy. I just want to run away and hide from people.” You tend to run away from the thing you need the most which are support and help. Do not hesitate to ask for help from others.


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Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to the work we do every day for the men and women we serve! I can't express how grateful I am to and for allowing me the opportunity to provide my workshop at the FreeHer conference!


🌟 Hello December! 🌟

As the holiday season approaches, I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed and the challenges I have faced. This time of year has always been filled with joy and warmth, but this year, I am navigating a different path.

Grief has become my constant companion, and as I prepare to celebrate the holidays without the presence of a loved one, I am reminded of the immense grace and mercy that I need during this time.

December, I welcome you with open arms, hoping that you will bring me the strength and solace I need to navigate this emotional rollercoaster. May you grant me the space to grieve, heal, and find moments of peace amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.

To those who have experienced loss or are struggling with their own grief, I extend my heartfelt empathy and understanding. May we find solace in knowing that we are not alone, and that together, we can support one another through these challenging times.

Wishing you all a December filled with love, peace, and healing. 🌟❤️



When we lose someone dear to us, it's not just sadness that engulfs our hearts. It's a whirlwind of emotions that can range from anger and guilt to loneliness and despair. We may find ourselves questioning our own existence, our purpose, and even our faith. It's a storm of sentiments that we couldn't have fathomed until we experienced it firsthand.

Grief teaches us that emotions are not linear. They don't follow a set pattern or timeline. They come in waves, sometimes crashing over us unexpectedly, leaving us breathless and struggling to stay afloat. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, to feel a mix of emotions that seem contradictory. It's all part of the healing process.

That’s why I’m here for you! 🌸


"During this challenging time, please remember that healing takes its own unique path. It's okay to feel a whirlwind of emotions and to take each moment as it comes. You're not alone in this journey. Surround yourself with love, cherish the beautiful memories, and know that it's alright to lean on others for support. Your strength in navigating this difficult period is remarkable, and in time, may peace and healing find their way into your heart."

Grief is hard, finding help doesn’t have to be!


It's crucial for society to recognize the unique challenges faced by women in grief and the criminal justice system. By fostering empathy, understanding, and support, we can work towards creating a more compassionate and inclusive society for all. Together, let's strive for change and ensure that no woman feels alone in her journey towards healing.



We love you!


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

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