"Blessed Are They That Mourn"
"Blessed Are They That Mourn" focuses upon coaching people, either in groups or a one-on-one basis about grief, loss and bereavement, utilizying a facilitation process instead of a pedagogue style.
Betty Potter was inspired to create "Blessed Are They That Mourn" out of her personal traumas, dealing with multiple losses of loved ones, suicides and other violent deaths. It is soon evident that Betty was “called” for this work and is very passionate about it. As a Coach rather than Counselor, Betty, along with her talented team, possess the skills to engage others in discovering and discussing deep seated pain through transparency, and valuing their belief system coupled with practical theoretical application, transparency and a vision of hope for the future.
She is certified in 2004 as a Bereavement Facilitator by T.R.U.S.T. (Trauma Response Unit Support Team) and formerly as a Facilitator by the City of Philadelphia. Additional training occured while she was a hospice volunteer, which included numerous seminars and certifications, some of which are : “Effects of Prayer on HIV Patients;” “Mourning in Jewish Tradition;” The Wilderness of Grief, Finding Your Way;” Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Children Living With A Life-Limiting Illness;” “ Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents,” “Impacting the Lives of the Holocaust Survival in their Later Years,” Tova Friedman, LCSW, Holocaust Survivor:” and "Understanding and Transforming Trauma." Betty also received certification in Pastoral Crisis Intervention I and II, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation UMBC; and Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention, UMBC.
Her hospice volunteer experience began in 2002. She was affiliated with Keystone and Asera Care Hospices, joining Wissahickon Hospice, under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania, in 2007. In addition to other mandated training, she attended the Living with Dying series and co-facilitated a workshop, “Coping with the Holidays.” Betty's experience of serving end-of-life patients and their family members provides a deeper understanding of individulalized grief. She became a Reiki I Practitioner for Wissahickon Hospice patients.
She has facilitated bereavement workshops throughout the
tri-state area along with support groups for young adults and seniors since 2008. She has been a guest on Radio Station WURD, 900 AM.
Betty Potter has a BS in Human Services from Antioch University and was a Human Resources Director in both the health and non-profit arena. She is a Past President of the International Metropolitan Chapter, Personnel Management Association. Her profession as a HR Director required her to utilize sensitivity, active listening skills, and representation of all people including those with various disabilities. These acquired experiences were a natural transition in becoming a Bereavement Coach.
Betty and her team understand the nuances of dealing with grief across various cultural, ethnic and religious ideologies. Their goal is to help clients successfully realize that they are not alone, that their pain is normal, and that they can go through the grieving process without focusing upon stages, phases or time frames. They can indeed establish “a new norm,” and eventually begin a celebration of life, possibly offering their experiences as a way of helping someone else. Betty’s success is largely due to her employing her own belief system where she uses the acronym, Love:
“Mrs. Potter clearly articulated her subject matter, which caused us to be able to discuss and express our concerns about our grief and pain. Some people were able to cry and release some of their hurts and losses.”
Pastor Tyrone N. Reeves, Sr., D.D. Min., Straight Line Ministries
“As a Pastor, I appreciate any help I can get to assist people who experience loss, not due just to death, as you made clear, but other losses…”“I think your presentation on bereavement and grieving was exceptionally well done and very informative. And you were well prepared, knowledgeable, and compassionate about your topic."
Dr. Emmitt Cornelius, Jr.,
Germantown Christian Assembly
“Thanks for the Grief Training for the staff at Wayne Hall. Allowing us to re-visit our own grief …was beneficial to our ability to compassionately relate to others."
Ms. Rita Whitaker, Wayne Hall Director
“Thank you for conducting a grief seminar at our church. It was needed by some of our members who are going through bereavement."
Bishop Donald Bell,
Bibleway Baptist Church of Mt. Airy
“We would like to gratefully acknowledge your wonderful informative presentation of
“ Planning Ahead, No More Guessing”
Bishop Thomas Martin Jr.,
Mt. Olive Holy Temple
“We thank you for a very informative seminar. Those who attended gave positive responses….”
Assoc. Pastor Rev. Nathan Adams,
Christ Baptist Church
“We thank you for such vital informative tools to prepare…..” Rev. Dr. Bruce N. Alick, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown
“This session was just what I needed. So many of us retire and have difficulty finding the next phase of our lives. This workshop gently guides us….” Life Changes Workshop Participant, Center in the Park.
“I would like to thank you very much for your workshops, they enlightened me in more ways than I ever thought they would. Through our discussions, the Lord revealed a loss that I had been grieving that I never acknowledged before.” “That revelation and acknowledgement has lifted a heaviness from me that I didn’t even know I was carrying.” Member, Philadelphia Bible Fellowship
“Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a profound way at Philadelphia Bible Fellowship.” “You helped us to recognize how hurting people often hide behind defense mechanisms afraid to expose their true hurts and pains for fear of being shunned by individuals who may have good intentions but lack the proper coaching, care, and compassion needed to adequately comfort and aid.”
Pastor Tom, Philadelphia Bible Fellowship
"Thank you for your time in my hour of bereavement by coumseling me and listening. You really helped me in a lot of ways." J.W.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4