About Dr. Noe
Dr. Noerena Abookire is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, an Ordained Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth, and holds a Ph.D. from New York University’s School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions. Dr. Abookire worked as the Training Manager for Alcohol and Drug Education Programs under the Governor of Maryland’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and was a consultant for the United States Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
Dr. Abookire created her company The Journey With Love® to help clients discover a spiritual connection that supports positive action during times of crisis. The Journey with Love offers healthy alternatives to addictive or self-destructive behaviors that can be triggered when facing death or loss. Through activities and educational tools, Dr. Abookire’s unique approach to personal empowerment has been identified as life-changing for her clients.
I was eight years sober when my husband Ray told me he had been given a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer. It was his disease but when I heard those words it seemed like my life was going to end. It was like the ground had opened up and I was in a free-fall. Being face-to-face with the biggest loss and grief that I had ever experienced, I was scared, angry, and sad. There was a moment when in a panic I actually thought drinking would be a good idea.
However, because of the emotional and spiritual safety net of support I had built in my life, I was able to avoid a drink and all the negative consequences of walking down that path. I was able to walk side by side with the love of my life as he traveled from diagnosis to death with dignity and grace, turning our story into a journey with love.