PERMISSION

By being transparent about caregiving, cancer, widowhood, single parenting and the struggles to embrace grief and mourning in a grief-avoidant society, Nicole hopes to encourage others to share their stories of love, loss, struggle and hope along their path to…Permission.
Future Vision

Nicole is available to share her story for speaking engagements such as, but not limited to:

Women's Conferences

Church Retreats

Secular and Christian Outreach Venues

Cancer Support Groups

Vision

The vision and mission behind Permission House.

Background

Read about Nicole Hastings' story.

Blog

``Just A Mom``

“What if there could be a place where young widows/widowers could go to allow themselves permission to embrace grief and the mourning process? A safe place that grants permission to seek respite, care and help for themselves and their children. A place that helps the bereaved embrace the permission to seek hope and joy through the pain.”

- NICOLE HASTINGS

vision

The vision for Permission House is to find like-minded people in the fields of counseling, children’s grief specialists, art-therapy, chaplaincy, social work, and other widowed parents of young children (from birth to high school) to create a place where bereaved caregivers can seek care for themselves.

Permission House will be a ministry to support these people in the dark valleys of their life, revealing the hope that still remains in life ahead.

Background

The Hastings Family
2014

ChristineDragooPhotography

Discovering quite early in her grief journey that our society doesn’t do “death and grief” very well, Nicole found herself fighting to find ways to process and ultimately honor the loss of her husband, while juggling the day-to-day responsibilities of raising three young children. It was a long, messy, complicated and devastating process that lead her to think about grief from God’s perspective; He put it in place for a reason, the dark seasons of wandering the wilderness of grief and mourning are normal, necessary feelings—emotions and spiritual growing pains here on this side of Heaven. And yet, in our culture today, the bereaved can oftentimes feel pressured to “move on” and if they don’t, or can’t, or are not prepared to yet, they may feel like they aren’t normal, crazy or not doing something right—sometimes, in efforts to “just move on,” suppressed, unaddressed grief can wreak havoc later in life. These findings broke Nicole’s heart even further than the pain already endured and lead her to think: “What if there could be a place where recent young widows/widowers could go to allow themselves permission to seek a little self care, permission to mourn and process, permission to seek respite and help for themselves and their children?”

What's Next?

Permission House is still in its earliest stages. We need your help to make our vision become reality. If you would like to contribute to Nicole’s efforts on raising funds to get Permission House registered as a 501C3 non-profit, contact us below.

Nicole is available to share her story for speaking engagements such as, but not limited to:

Women's Conferences

Church Retreats

Secular and Christian Outreach Venues

Cancer Support Groups

Grief Support Groups

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