I am a grief counselor, writer, consultant, teacher and public speaker (also a closet actor and musician!), and have been specializing in the area of grief and loss for over thirty years. Although there is certainly no denying that this is a sad and serious topic, I approach it with enthusiasm and humor, and consider my work to be life affirming.
In 2009, St. Martin's Press published my book, The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared. My other publications include fourteen Care Notes for Abbey Press that deal with a variety of issues faced by those who grieve. You can check out my resume for a complete listing of my publications and presentations.
Over the years I have run various grief support groups for young and old, including specialized groups for young widows and widowers, bereaved parents and grandparents, child homicide survivors, bereaved siblings and therapeutic writing workshops for the bereaved of all ages. My writing method was documented in the video: From the Heart: Writing and the Bereaved Parent, and I am proud to have received two Blue Ribbons from the New England Healthcare Assembly and two Testimonials of Appreciation from the American Hospital Association.
As a faculty member for CMI for well over fifteen years, I frequently travel throughout the United States leading bereavement seminars for social workers, psychologists, nurses, teachers and clergy. My other faculty positions have included Harvard University Medical School Continuing Education, Smith College School of Social Work Continuing Education, Antioch University New England Graduate School, and Dalhousie University School of Social Work in Halifax, Canada. You can click here to read some testimonials from those who have attended my seminars and classes.
I love teaching and have enjoyed leading workshops and retreats for hospitals, hospices and grief support programs across the U.S. and Canada. I'd like very much to hear from you if you're thinking of having me design a retreat or seminar for your organization. You can click here to find out more about some of my workshops.