Hello, my name is Ligia, and I want to share with you how I transformed my loss and changed my life. Just like you, I have encountered losses in my life, but the most significant happened when I was 12 years old. I was a very happy child living in Nicaragua, my native country, when my life changed in a heartbeat. My father unexpectedly died from an aortic aneurysm and my world turned upside down. My inner world actually stopped. I continued living but with a great void in my heart. For many years, I tried to understand so I could come to terms with his death, but I was stuck in my grief, not even knowing I was grieving. My healing came to be after working on myself and embarking in the field of grief and loss. I started to comprehend the human pain, the different losses we encounter in life, and the effect these can have in our lives. I realized the multiple losses I had experienced in my life and how necessary it was to process each one of them. It was then when I made the decision that changed my life completely. I chose to transform my loss into an opportunity to grow.
Enthused by this transformation, I wrote the book, dedicated to my father’s memory, Transform Your Loss. Your Guide to Strength and Hope. While I was writing the book, and inspiration overtook me. I reflected on the different elements which have been essential in my own process and I created the system, The Eleven Principles of Transformation™. I started using the system with clients, in groups, and in live seminars. Because my purpose is to help others transform their loss and change their lives, I offer it now, as an online program.
My mission is life is to empower others as they face painful situations because when we are in the midst of a loss we may feel we cannot continue; but we all have incredible resources within ourselves and the system of the Eleven Principles of Transformation™ is the catalyst that will help you achieve that transformation.
Ligia Houben is Life Coach and Grief Consultant. She has specialized in life transitions and transformation. Ligia has a passion for life and believes all of us are able to fulfill our purpose if we can only change our attitude and beliefs. Her work has been centered in the area of grief and loss, expanding into meaning and growth. Ligia has delivered her message from corporations to hospitals. She works with the bereaved, the person who needs to face a new stage in life, or people searching for more meaning in their lives. Ligia has appeared in numerous radial and TV shows, including CNN Español, NPR, NBC, and Univisión.
Ligia obtained her B.A. from the University of Miami in Psychology and Religious Studies and a Masters Degree in Religious Studies and Gerontology from Florida International University. She also has a graduate certificate in Loss and Healing from St. Thomas University. She is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. She is an adjunct professor of Kaplan University, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College where she teaches courses on Ethics, Religion, and Death and Dying. In addition Ligia is certified as a professional coach by the International Coach Academy (ICA).
Ligia is the author of the self-help book Transform your Loss - Your Guide to Strength and Hope. This book contains "The Eleven Principles of Transformation™" which is a system that involves the emotional, spiritual, and cognitive aspects of the person as they face a transition or loss. Ligia created this system of transformation to help people transform their losses and change their lives.
A pioneer in working with Hispanics and grief, Houben contributed to the creation of the first bereavement support group in her native country of Nicaragua, PUDE-an anagram for Personas Unidas en el Dolor y la Esperanza (People Joined by Pain and Hope). This group has implemented the Eleven Principles of Transformation. Her new book Counseling Hispanics Through Loss, Grief and Bereavement. A Guide for Mental Health Professionals is a valuable resource when assisting the Hispanic populations. As a Nicaraguan who has gone through multiple losses, Ligia understands these needs and shares them with the reader from a personal and professional perspective. Ligia offers consulting services to individuals and organizations, and her private practice is based in Miami, Florida.