We all will grieve if we have had people in our lives, friendships or love.
It's one of the toughest parts of living.

I became a grief counselor back in 2009 after living with the loss of a number of important people in my life. By 2011, I started looking for a course like this... I was hearing from folks that they had all these barriers to getting the support they were seeking... time, location, work schedules, family obligations.... They were looking for something like this too... something flexible, something that would easily fit into their life at a time they were hurting so much.

Fast forward to now... I have waited and I don't feel comfortable to wait any longer... I created this program to be a friend in grief for the first year after a death of someone in your life.

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❤︎ Weekly emails sent directly to your inbox with a link to take you to the course.

Various topics that include different ways of grieving, coping strategies, remembering, and preparing for anniversaries and special days, just to name a few.

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❤︎ Useful website links, videos, handouts, and activities to guide you in your grief.

Friendly videos delivered in bite-size bits of information that is easy to understand and apply to your life. Tailored to how we think when newly grieving. Reduce the internet overwhelm with direct links to helpful information.

❤︎ Focus on learning, growing your personal understanding, connectedness to Loved Ones and adjusting to everyday life.

I set out to create a comprehensive grief program... and I did just that for you. Your grief is just too important.

***NOTE: The First 52 is not intended to replace mental health counseling.


When you Enroll... (this is super important)

Please be sure to accept notifications and marketing emails from the course. I promise to be kind to your inbox... This is important since you will want the emails to come to you each week...

Enroll in the First 52 (only $1.25/week for the year)

$65

First Weeks of Grief

52 Full Weeks of Emails

This program begins at the very beginning of the grief experience. You receive 52 full weeks of emails that lead into the program with an additional month of information.

2 payments of $34/month

2 Payments - First Weeks of Grief

52 Full Weeks of Emails - 2 payments

This program begins at the very beginning of the grief experience. You receive 52 full weeks of emails that lead into the program with an additional month of information. Split the cost into 2 monthly payments of $34.00 each.

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Hi, I’m Julie Blackburn

Let me introduce myself... I created these artful courses for YOU! I know the importance of quality information when you are searching for understanding with your grief. Unfortunately, the internet is full of discussion groups that give misinformation, are a collection of personal experiences, or simply opinion that may distract you from your own growth and empowerment.

You found the First 52 for a number of reasons. You may be looking for some self-help tools. On the other hand, you may not have resources in your area OR you may not want to participate in groups or workshops due to the private nature of your situation. You are welcome here.

Within the courses, it is encouraged you share your experiences as you feel comfortable with other course participants.

The First 52 provides useful information and tools to help you now. I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective...

I frequently asked "How do I get through this?"

My response... "Have patience with yourself... you start with one the day, one week at a time."

The First 52 is the closest to a step by step guide to the first year of grief that I've seen. I given you the best tools to help you understand YOUR grief proven by my work with own clients since 2009. You don't have to try to figure it out all on your own.

I have had my own personal experience with grief. Sudden death due to asthma, suicide, death due to cancer, loss after long term illness and unexpected accidental death. I know each of my relationships were unique and each grief was equally different.

Life may seem uncertain right now. After significant deaths, my life was different. After caregiving, my life was different. Now, in my understanding of my grief, I am still different. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences. I'm here to tell you, there is hope.

I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. So, Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. I am licenced for counseling in both Illinois and Indiana and nationally certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.

Julie Blackburn LCPC, LMHC, NCC, ATR
Hospice Support

Like to integrate the First 52 into your Hospice Bereavement program?

❤︎ If you are a hospice, complete this form to begin the discussion about integrating the First 52 as an email care plan to your families. There are many benefits to adding this program for your families, staff and organization.

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Testimonial

She understands that everyone moves through and processes in their own way. Her warm and intuitive nature facilitates her ability to cater each session to your specific needs. Julie is absolutely amazing at what she does and I highly recommend her.”

Autumn

Like to offer the First 52 to your community with added benefit?

❤︎ For community, government, faith and support organizations that would like to offer the First 52 for your community, complete this form to further discuss options.

You can expect:

❤︎ Weekly emails sent directly to your inbox with a link to take you to the course. ***Be sure to accept emails and marketing information when you enroll to insure you receive the emails.

❤︎ Useful tools like website links, videos, handouts, and activities to guide you in your grief.

❤︎ Bite size information that is easy to understand and apply to your new way of living. Each week is tailored to how our grieving minds can take in information.

❤︎ Focus on better understanding your personal grief experience through learning, explore all sorts of aspects of grief, regain connectedness to Loved Ones and adjust to everyday life.

❤︎ Various topics that include different ways of grieving, breaking down all the tasks that need to be done in the weeks, months and year after a death, coping strategies, remembering, and preparing for anniversaries and special days, just to name a few.

❤︎ You will also find connection to others through sharing your experience and observations within the comments for each lesson. You may answer the posted question, share your reflections and upload any imagery you create. 

I set out to create a thorough grief program... and I did just that for you.
***Note: This program is not intended to replace mental health counseling. This is a self-guided program. The facilitator's role is that of a guide, coach and supportive companion.

Course Curriculum

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You may have some questions... let me help you out.


When do I start the First 52?

You start the program whenever you choose. The program does follow a year... Week 1 is within the first month after a loss and will go through the anniversary of your Loved One's death. There are only a few points when time is noted within the program.

How long do I have access to the First 52?

After you receive all the emails, you have lifetime access. Emails come for a full year. During that time you have access up to your current week in the program... this also means that if you take a break, you can always pick back up within the program when you are ready. Because each loss we experience is different, you can always go back through the program if you need.

What if I'm unhappy with the program?

I would never want you to be unhappy with the First 52. Within the first 30 days you will receive tools you can use right away as well as info to help you understand your grief. If you are dissatisfied, I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. Just shoot me an email at [email protected] for a full refund within 30 days.

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Remember...when you enroll...

Please be sure to accept notifications and marketing emails from the course. I promise to be kind to your inbox... This is important since you will want the emails to come to you each week...

Choose a Pricing Option (only $1.25/week for the year)

$65

First Weeks of Grief

52 Full Weeks of Emails

This program begins at the very beginning of the grief experience. You receive 52 full weeks of emails that lead into the program with an additional month of information.

2 payments of $34/month

2 Payments - First Weeks of Grief

52 Full Weeks of Emails - 2 payments

This program begins at the very beginning of the grief experience. You receive 52 full weeks of emails that lead into the program with an additional month of information. Split the cost into 2 monthly payments of $34.00 each.

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Hello there,

You have found this program because of a profound loss in your life. There is nothing I can say that will change your current situation. However, I do have information that will help you at this time.

No two people grieve in the same way. There are things we can expect in grief and ways our life changes after the death of someone special. Even if you have experienced grief before, this grief will be different. There is no relationship like the one with your loved one. Even people in the same family will experience this loss in their own way.

It may seem that you will never feel better... I can tell you that I see people in severe despair that do eventually feel better. It takes time, a dedication to yourself, a commitment to your loved one that has died, and a trust in the process. I will share tools that work and you can use right away. I will not rush you in your grief. I will guide you through all sorts of topics to help you grow in your grief. I'm a new friend that you can count on.

Thank you for allowing me to walk beside you. By the end of the program, you will have a greater relationship with yourself. Your life is forever changed, YOU are now different too. Parts of you will always be within you... And it's important to get back in touch with those parts. There are parts that are hurting, maybe overwhelmed, maybe even wondering what's next for you. It takes time to work through these parts and the key is to go at a manageable pace. So, pay attention to yourself... go at your own pace. I'll give you bite size pieces of information - if it's too fast, go slower. This is your grief. I'm here beside you.

You can do this, my friend. My heart is with you.

Your Friend in Grief,

Julie

Remember...

There are some unique opportunities if you'd like to:

❤︎ integrate the First 52 as an email care plan for your hospice families, complete this form 

OR

❤︎ offer the First 52 for a reduced community pricing for your community, government, and support organizations, complete this form 

I'll see you soon in the First 52.