Resilient Living: Rediscovering Hope

"Why am I not over this yet? What’s wrong with me? When will I stop feeling like this?"

When we are grieving, we can feel invisible. Our friends, our colleagues, and even our family may expect us to grieve on their schedule, not ours.

These expectations can sometime lead us into a sense of self-aggression and doubt.

Grief counseling is a place to come and be seen, and be heard, without judgement, without timetables. It's a place to learn about grief journeys, and a place to come and talk about your loved one, and to honor them, with tears - or smiles. It's a place to rediscover a path forward that is meaningful and hope-filled in a way that honors the memory of your loved one. Grief counseling can help us to:

Hold our memories with care, and not fear them.

Create meaning from our loss.

Discover a way forward without leaving the memory of our loved one behind.

Understand our personal journey of grief.  

Loss is one thing that every human has in common. Honoring and exploring our losses gives us the opportunity to become more deeply human, to open our hearts, and to live more deeply.

There are different ways to work with grief. Talking about your loss is one powerful way. In addition, we will explore creative techniques and exercises such writing, discussing rituals of remembrance, and exploring mindfulness and how it can support the journey of grief. Email me or call my office at 202-550-3589 to set up an introductory phone call. Or, if you're ready to make an appointment, you can schedule an appointment here.

My Experience

Since 2006, I have been working with bereaved individuals and groups. In 2016 I took on a leadership role with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the national non-profit that offers support and programs for bereaved military families. Working with over a thousand adults and children a year across the country, I designed and implemented programming for:

  • Children grieving parents
  • Parents grieving a child
  • Spouses and fiances grieving partners
  • Families of suicide
  • Parents raising grieving children

During that time, I also had the privilege of training over 1400 active duty military personnel to accompany a grieving military child through their grief process. I ran camps and seminars, outings and special events, but my passion remains working with individuals and small groups grappling with grief.

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