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"How to Survive Grief" Free Audio - Coffee and Chocolate Store Owner, Adds to Her Menu: Teaching People "How to Survive Grief"

Chocolate makes almost everyone feel good. However, in May 2010 when her father died, Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company's owner, Sandra Champlain realized more than chocolate was needed. After the unexpected breakup with her previously-close siblings and the horrendous pain she experienced during grieving, Sandra knew there must be a reason for grief. She found some surprising information on why we grieve, why families come apart and what a person can do to move through grief faster.

Kent, CT, May 08, 2011 --( Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company and Chef Sandra Champlain has felt grief. The death of her grandmother in 2008 caused incredible suffering for Sandra. Feelings of disbelief, anger, sadness, regret and what she calls "being buckled over in pain and tears" took over her life. Then, many many months later, the pain subsided.

She went back on living her life managing her two jobs: being owner of the Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company, a business she started in 1991 and being a chef for Marion's Hospitality, a business where she and her mother Marion, travel around the United States cooking for the American LeMans Series of automobile racing.

While cooking at the Rolex 24 race in Daytona Beach, Florida in January 2009, her father was hospitalized due to a cancerous tumor in his spine. Although the tumor in his spine was radiated, his spine was damaged and he suffered great pain and loss of mobility. Over the next several months, Sandra relocated to Florida to be with her father, to assist him any way she could. During that time, disagreements began within the family and many mis-communications occurred. Unfortunately, her father's health deteriorated and he passed away May 11, 2010.

However, disagreements with the once-close family members did not disappear. Through painful grieving, Sandra chose to "investigate grief" - what it is, why we experience it and why so many families come apart when someone dies.

Sandra found the answers. She created a free audio that can be listened to or downloaded online called "How to Survive Grief" In the audio, she discusses the 5 Stages of Grieving as well as some other signs of grieving that are much less known.

Many, many families and relationships end during grief and Sandra was amazed to find out what is happening in the brain during grief. Complete details can be found on the free audio, but basically the part of the brain that shuts down during grief (grief is a protective mechanism) is also the part of the brain that controls memory and perception. Sandra feels certain that if people had the full information on what happens when we grieve and what we can expect, family members could deal with grief together and be able to distinguish what stage they are in, preventing family breakups.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (, every day in the United States alone, there are 6,500 deaths. The US Census Bureau ( says that in the world a human death occurs every 1.8 seconds totaling 155,520 deaths daily. Grief lasts on average one year, and if you do the math assuming Only 2 people are suffering from each death (of course there are more) there would be over 113 million people experiencing the pain from grief daily in the world. Many people stop living themselves and their dreams die when someone close to them dies. Families come apart and many people cannot stand the pain and commit suicide. The Utah State Suicide Prevention Agency states "we believe many suicides will be prevented due to this material."

"Grief is the most painful emotion known to man," Sandra states "and we are not taught about it in schools." Sandra's wish is to let all people have access to this information.

"How to Survive Grief" can be listened to or downloaded at:

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