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Who We are

Abundant Life Ministries Louisa LLC was founded on the principle that everyone deserves to enjoy the best life possible. Paragraphing Maya Angelou, poet, author, and activist: I believe that my journey in life is not to just survive, “but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” So, the question comes: what happens when circumstances preclude one from enjoying their best life?

According to the Bible, John 10:10 Jesus came so that humans could have abundant life. This life is filled with a spiritual fruit consisting of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

When chaos is all around causing sadness, despair and grief envelopes of lives, we are unable to experience abundant life. So, being able to connect with another human during difficult times will again help us feel the abundance of life – joy, peace, compassion, passion, happiness, etc.

My experiences have taught me that connecting with someone who is trustworthy, inspiring, compassionate, and who is able to listen intentionally and attentively, is spiritually healing.

At Abundant I will provide grief, loss, and bereavement counseling, and intervention for those dealing with spiritual distress. I will lean into those needing a hear for compassion and caring.

I am open to individual grief counseling and grief group sessions. I am educated and experienced in grief, loss, and bereavement counseling, as well as spiritual and emotional support during stressful times. I have a proven record of providing counseling to patients and families in healthcare facilities, private homes, as well as in hospice and palliative care situations.

Grief AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON By Katherine Jackson, cont….

In late September of that year, we begin to prepare and plan special meals for Joey that included hearty soups along with seafood and veggie casseroles. He was a self-proclaimed foodie, and preferred hearty meals. My husband, daughter, Keesha and I, prepared daily meals consisting of whatever he wanted to eat.

Six years later, I am anticipating the fact that I’m no longer cooking those hearty, loving meals. This season of new beginnings causes me to reflect on peace and taking time to enjoy loved ones.  Now as I prepare soulful meals for my husband, I am keenly aware I will cook more food than is needed but welcome it as a source of comfort.

I wonder what is it that would make you feel comfortable doing this time as we approach, not only the late fall, but the Holidays as well? Joey is no longer here, so as I am preparing these meals, I still have hope and find comfort in remembering the meals we shared and the joy they brought.

If you recently lost love ones; or this is your first Holiday season without them, you might find these suggestions helpful as you attempt to find new meaning in the Holiday Seasons:

  • Don’t over-tax yourself as you are grieving.  It might be difficult to concentrate, so prioritize things. This doesn’t have to be the best Holiday ever… give yourself time.
  • Pay attention to your body. Share your feelings with someone whom you trust. Grieving is difficult, so give yourself permission to be gentle to yourself. Find time to relieve stress by exercising; taking a walk, gardening or relieve stress by journaling or talking about your loved-one, and by getting plenty of rest.
  • Remember your loved one by adapting your normal Holiday traditions. Because you won’t be purchasing a gift for your lost loved-one, you can purchase a gift for a family, or give to your favorite charity. During the holiday season, it’s the giving that matters.
  • Don’t forget the Spiritual aspects of the Holiday. In the Christian tradition, remember it’s the time of the birth of Jesus, the Christ. Allow your grief to lead to a deeper meaning of the gift of Christ.  Remember the gift of everlasting life.

Feel free to reach out if you need help or have questions.

WHO I AM

I am a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. My youngest child died unexpectedly in 2017 at the age of 33 from a rare neurological condition.

I have an earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and an earned Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology. I am accredited by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc to provide a chaplaincy ministry, and certified by the America Academy of Grief Counseling through the American Institute of Health Professionals. I am an ordained minister.

Abundant Life Ministries Louisa LLC is a non-profit with an EIN registered with the IRS. Donations are accepted. “I can help!”