Allicia is available as a speaker, panel member, and presenter

Honoring a Loved One After Death

In many families and cultures, it is almost taboo to honor, regularly talk about and include loved ones who passed away as an active part of life. A certain awkwardness is almost always present when the deceased is brought up in conversation, starting about a month or so after the death. Sadly, sometimes it’s even sooner than that. It’s almost as if grief is treated like a mental disorder that needs to be remedied or overcome rather than lived with. It is like being confined in a box of, in my opinion, unhealthy and stifling propriety.

After decades of subconsciously feeling trapped, it took unlikely courage for me to step out of that box. I dug deep into the most painful parts of my past and allowed my dad who was murdered when I was two years old to be a part of my life. I was amazed at the freedom and joy healthy grief and embracing, not letting go of my love for this man who is so much a part of me. I’m here as an example and help to others who also want to live, love and remember.

About Allicia Johnson

Allicia is available in the United States and internationally as a keynote speaker, panel member, and presenter.

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I'm excited to invite you into the painful, heartwrenching dark beautiful liberating world of grief and overcoming PTSD and victimhood. My journey has not been typical and oftentimes not pretty. But the more I learn the more I experience glorious beauty rising from the ashes of the tragedy that shaped my life. Join me as I prepare to publish my book, Angel in Arlington. My mission is to help others embrace unlikely courage themselves, battle skeletons in their closets and find freedom, peace, and true happiness.

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The Mind of a Murder Victim
There is nothing quite like knowing your loved one was murdered. The fact that they were insignificant, possibly even repulsive enough for someone to take deliberate brutal violent action to stop...
5 Ways To Create Memories With Your Loved One Who Died
Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 2/13/2016. One of the most painful parts of grief is facing a string of tomorrows without your loved one. Whether you lost the love of your life last month...
An Easter Angelversary
Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 2/13/2016. March 27 is Easter Sunday this year. To many it’s a day to reflect on the life of Christ and the miracle that occurred over two thousand years...

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