Using Writing to Come Back to Life After Loss. An Interview.

Writing played a role for this grief counselor after the loss of her husband to cancer. Today, Christina Rasmussen helps bring people back to life.
April 26, 2013

Using Writing to Come Back to Life After Loss. An Interview.

Christina Rasmussen believes in life after loss.

The author has shared proven strategies to overcome all the different forms of grief, featured on the White House Blog and StartUpNation.

Even though Christina was a practicing grief therapist, her own life changed when her husband died of colon cancer.

As her story unfolds, Christina explains the role of her writing as she relaunched her life. Tips and theories on writing inform much of her discussion of grief and loss.

You’ll walk away from this interview empowered to find your voice and share your innermost messages with the world.

The interview free to stream, so tune in to listen below!

Listen: Coming Back to Life

As You Listen…

  1. What loss have you rebuilt from in the past?
  2. Christina says, “Your words are not for you, they are for the world.” How do the words you put in the world matter to the world?  What is your message?
  3. What losses are you still grieving? How can you begin to have second firsts and let the grief go? What role can writing play in overcoming this loss?

Listening Guide

3:15  –  Christina’s story of loss, finding words, and Second Firsts.
11:50  –  How Christina came back to life. The concept of the waiting room, portals, and rebirth.
19:18  –  “You’re not Grieving, You’re Scared.” Fear after grief.
23:59  –  Vulnerability in writing to get to true tribe. Giving to heal. Using the hard words.
26:47  –  Using the words of the experience. Share your experiences. “The story is always you.”
29:59  –  Connecting to your flow. “Your words are not for you, they’re for the world.”
34:21  –  Thoughts on copycats and voice.
37:48  –  Giving it all away at once. The right message to the right people.
43:35  –  Everyone has a message to share. Share your truth.
48:37  –  Gaining confidence to write publically and the fear of sharing.
53:19  –  About Christina’s first book, Second Firsts, by Hay House.

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About the Author

Dave Ursillo is a professional life and career coach, multi-published author, writing teacher, and future mental health counselor. He has coached over 300 professional helpers since 2012, spoken and taught workshops on 4 continents, and turned more than two dozen writers into first-time authors. His words and work have been featured on Creative Live, Psychology Today, Forbes, INC, The Hindustan Times, and beyond.


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