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Using Feng Shui to Deal with Loss

by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA 



Lucky Dragon says:


 “Use these tips to heal from loss.”


If you are a human being on this planet, you have experienced loss. Whether it’s the loss of a marriage, pet, job or even identity of self, this is a difficult circumstance to grapple with, but loss of a loved one is, in my opinion, the most devastating.  

One philosophy of Feng Shui promotes the concept of staying connected with the spirits of deceased loved ones, while releasing the physical attachment. This is vitally important to understand and embrace. When a profound loss has occurred, the vibration echoes through a living space, especially if that space was physically shared with the person who has passed on.

Once all the public displays of remembrance are complete and visiting family has returned home many emotions seem to rise to the surface. This is when the real healing begins. Here are some suggestions utilizing Feng Shui principles to facilitate healing after loss.  


Create a Special Place to Remember Your Loved One.

Even though your home can be a reminder you might be called to create a gathering place of significant mementos and pictures that honor the relationship with the loved one who has passed.  The best placement of this space is in the love, helpful people or knowledge area of your home per the Bagua. The space itself can also be mapped out per the Bagua.


Utilize the Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

Use a balanced amount if each element in your special memorial. Here are few suggestions for each element:


  • Fire: candles, triangle shapes, red spectrum color
  • Earth: materials from the earth, terra cotta, stone, earth tone colors
  • Metal: metallic accessories, curved shapes, pale colors
  • Water: fountain, mirror, wavy shapes and colors from black to blue
  • Wood: plants, books, paper, wood, green colors


Create a Garden.

A garden can be a living expression of remembrance. By tending it and assisting in its growth, so will you grow and, in time, move forward out of grief—never forgetting, just becoming more separate from the what was and moving into the what can be.


Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email [email protected]






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