I have been meeting bi-monthly with Christine by phone for about five years now. When my husband died I was lost, about six months later I was referred to Christine for Grief Counseling. I thought I didn’t need ‘grief counseling’, I wanted someone to help me map my future without my husband. I was being strong and looking at his situation as a project; with a beginning, a middle to work through, and an definite ending. Just get me to the ‘end’ ASAP!
From the first phone call, I hung up knowing I’d met a new friend. Christine is a natural counselor, I’ve had many over the years, she is one of the best that I’ve had the privilege to be helped by. Christine seems to intuitively KNOW exactly what I need to talk about and work on, at the moment I answer the phone. To my surprise, planning my future really needed to start with ‘experiencing grief’. I know that I would not be doing so ‘well’ (pun intended) on this detour to my life’s path without her genuine caring and counseling. I’ve learned to experience appropriate feelings and to understand them and the proper use of expressing my grief feelings for release and growth. My future is looking much brighter than in those dark early days. I will always miss having my husband in my daily life, but with Christine’s help, I have new friends, new experiences, new purpose and I can wake up with a smile, on most days. Thank you, Christine.
~Shaye McDermott 7-2015
At the five year mark, Christine and I have experienced so much during both our life travels. A few years back, we even had the chance to meet in person and we had so much fun at a conference together. It was like we’d known each other a long time, as friends. Christine is always supportive and caring, even when she is keeping me on track. Stern and gently motivating, by now she knows my tricks for getting out of doing the ‘hard work’ of redefining my life and handling the many challenges that still crop up. Christine helps me be accountable to the promises I make to myself. And she is my greatest cheerleader when I finally accomplish a long term goal.
So a relationship that started as ‘grief counseling’ has turned into continuing life coach sessions. We are literally worlds apart; different countries, different climates, different locales, country vs. big city, different life experiences, yet Christine has found the common ground. Christine continues to enrich my life with her wise counsel and friendly spirit.
Christine Brownlee has been an incredible joy to work with! I love the way that she is impacting lives using her kindness, empathy and unique insight. I can see why she gets such great results as she helps those who are hurting to heal! I definitely look forward to continually recommending her coaching services and future books! Thanks Christine for giving us so much of your heart, wisdom, and energy!
Denise Hall Brown
Author of "2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process.
For 15 years, I had worked very hard at avoiding any conversation that would lead to talking about my deceased husband. The ache in
my heart was too close to surface and the tears were always waiting. I had become an expert at being strong and not bringing up any topic that may lead
to the ultimate question "what happened to your husband?"
Then one day, completely unaware, on a trip with a good friend, the question came up and the words flowed along with the tears and
the heartache. A few months later, that friend came back to me and told me she could help me lay those memories to rest, stop my heart from breaking
each and every day, and let his memory be a comfort to me rather than an issue that I needed to avoid. In 3 short months my life was transformed.
Christine helped me understand my grief from a new vantage point, gave me tools to deal with the obstacles that have stood in my way for all of these
years allowing me to move on with my life. I cannot express the gratitude that I feel or the sense of relief that I have in finally being free of the
guilt and pain that I have suffered for years.
S.R., Ontario, Canada