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Vernita Bowe: Transforming grief and COVID into a zest for life

Vernita Bowe on Finding Fertile Ground podcast

Vernita L. Bowe is a survivor.

As a smaller-than-average child, she experienced bullying in school. When she grew up she married the wrong man and wasn’t able to get out of that marriage for 24 years, three kids later.

Parenting has been about huge loves and losses for Vernita. Her middle son landed in prison, and four years ago her oldest son Byron died in a car accident.

“You really don't wanna bury your children. But what I've learned is all of the promises are gone…all of the things that you and he were gonna do together…and all of the things that he wanted to do with his life. All gone…and let me tell you something. People say that you should get over a loss and I just wanna say this for the listening audience: You never get over a loss. You learn how to live beyond it. But you never really get over it.”

After Byron died, the griefs kept coming. Byron’s godfather and Vernita’s mentor died, and then her mother…next she and her father contracted COVID at the same time and ended up in the hospital, both on ventilators. Unfortunately, Vernita’s dad passed away while she was still on the ventilator.

In spite of the great griefs she has suffered…or because of them…Vernita has embraced life and is living it to its fullest! She is now a professional motivational speaker and mindset coach. She recently got a passport and took her very first airplane flight! That’s just the beginning of the living and traveling she has planned for herself.

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