Dr. Noerena Abookire holds a Ph.D. from New York University’s School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions and is a Certified Specialist with The Grief Recovery Method. She has worked for the Alcohol and Drug Education Programs under the Governor of Maryland’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and has consulted for the United States Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. As a trained shamanic practitioner and an Ordained Minister of The Circle of the Sacred Earth, Dr. Noe offers non-religious support to help individuals identify and strengthen their spiritual development.

Her mission with The Journey With Love is to help individuals discover a spiritual connection that supports positive action during times of crisis. The Journey with Love philosophy offers healthy alternatives to addictive or self-destructive behaviors that can be triggered when facing loss or death. From deep personal experiences, Dr. Noe shares her understanding of addiction, spiritual bankruptcy and loss as she assists clients in creating their personal path to spiritual healing. Through activities and educational tools, her unique approach to personal empowerment has been identified as life-changing for her clients.


I was eight years sober when my husband Ray was given a terminal diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. It was his disease, but when I heard those words it seemed like my life was going to end.  Being face-to-face with the biggest loss and grief that I had ever experienced, I was scared, angry, and sad. Even after almost a decade of sobriety, I found myself in crisis mode. For a short moment I actually thought drinking would be a good idea. However, because of the emotional and spiritual safety net I had built in my life, I was able to avoid a drink and all the negative consequences of walking down that path.

The things that allowed me to reject relapse and cope with the devastation were my earth-based spiritual practices that were part of my ongoing role as a healer and shamanic practitioner, and a living understanding of the Serenity Prayer which teaches the wisdom in accepting what I cannot change and courage in changing the things I can.

I prayed for Ray to have a peaceful death and for me to walk through this experience by his side with gratitude and love leading the way. By approaching this 16-month process as a “journey with love,” we were able to move from his diagnosis to death with grace.