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 Parry Sound


Johan Strydom, a South African, came to Canada in 2008 with his wife Kerrie, a Canadian. Loving different cultures, Johan started to learn as much as possible of Canadian culture and society. He soon started to discover not all is as it seems and a realisation slowly grew that many communities were hurting.

In 2014, he and his family moved to Parry Sound ON to work among the First Nations communities in the region. Johan joined the staff at Rising Above in 2017 to continue his work in the areas of Grief Recovery and Leadership Development.

“In my own journey,  I have had to face many different hurts. I have used many different tools and have had the help of many different individuals to bind my wounds and find healing. One of the most profound tools I have been introduced to is the Grief Recovery Method. It still amazes me to see the encompassing impact grief can have on a person and the Grief Recovery Method addresses nearly the whole spectrum. It also teaches a person to bind their own wounds so that healing and completeness do not stay a distant dream or just a fleeting moment.

As Henri Nouwen says:”

“Since it is your task to make visible the first vestiges of liberation for others, you must bind your own wounds carefully in anticipation of the moment when you will be needed. You are called to be the wounded healer, the one who must look after his own wounds but at the same time be prepared to heal the wounds of others.

 A deep understanding of your own pain makes it possible for you to convert your weakness into strength and to offer your own experience as a source of healing to those who are often lost in the darkness of their own misunderstood sufferings.

 Making one’s own wounds a source of healing, call for a constant willingness to see one’s own pain and suffering rising from the depth of the human condition which all men share”.


To read more of the Grief Recovery Method in Parry Sound area please click here.


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