New Book Helps With Emotional Healing Through Grief and Loss

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A timely guide to conscious grieving for all types of loss, Witnessing Ted breathes life into the grief process, offering tools to help readers heal emotionally and open to their true potential.

The need for conscious grieving is evident in the news today. Celebrities rise to the top, only to fall due to addictive behaviors.

In Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss, author Carol Poteat travels to New Mexico to hear Ted Wiard’s story of his recovery following repeated loss of family. Ted’s journey leads him to establish one of the only emotional healing centers in the U.S. for grief and loss. Their book demonstrates the power of conscious healing.

“In our culture, grief from loss is often repressed, leaving many to become trapped in the pitfalls of untended emotional wounds,” says Wiard. “We grieve not only loved ones, but any loss that shakes our perception of self.” Witnessing Ted transcends other works that deal with this subject. Ted’s grief cycle takes readers past the five traditional stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, to a sixth aspect, relocation, where they experience a renewed sense of purpose.

“The need for conscious grieving is evident in the news today. Celebrities, athletes, and politicians rise to the top, only to fall because of self-sabotaging, addictive behaviors,” Poteat says. “Repressed emotions manifest in self-destructive ways. We all experience loss and we all benefit from honoring our natural emotions.”

Poteat’s story of her three days spent with Ted portrays the raw emotion of Ted's grief from the deaths of his brother, his first wife, and his two daughters over a six year period. Photographs and quotes further encourage and inspire the individual’s journey to healing, while Ted’s expertise in the field of grief is conveyed through the author’s eyes in a way that facilitates understanding of what we are experiencing in loss and why.

Witnessing Ted is now available from for $14.99 with further distribution to be announced.

About Ted Wiard and Carol Poteat

Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC is a licensed clinical therapist and certified grief counselor.    Ted is co-founder and director of Golden Willow Retreat, an emotional healing center focused on grief, loss, and resiliency located outside of Taos in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. Ted is also the Clinical Supervisor for TeamBuilders Counseling Services in Taos. An international speaker, Ted writes articles on the subject of emotional healing and has collaborated with many treatment centers around the country focusing on grief, loss, and the connection-disconnection of spirituality, addiction, and relapse. Ted and his center were recently featured on OWN’s Why Not? with Shania Twain. Contact Ted via or call 505-690-0126
Carol Poteat is a writer, speaker, and owner of Partners in Potential, a service-based company that offers personal and business coaching. Her background in advertising sales and management, coupled with her lifelong spiritual journey, give her the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. As a professional coach and writer, her life work is to support people in their goal of self-realization. Contact Carol via her website, or call 704-756-5409.


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