I currently offer bereavement support for individuals and groups. My rate is $50 per hour by phone, skype or in person (plus travel and accommodation).

    Grief is what happens when we are bereaved of something or someone we have formed an attachment with. It is not merely the sad feelings and crying that often accompany loss, but the entire social / psychological / physical / emotional / spiritual experience of change. Using personal coping strategies to accommodate bereavement over time is successful grieving, but it often takes longer and is more difficult that we expect it to be. Learning to live with ourselves as we change throughout grief processes leads to post traumatic growth. I enjoy working with bereaved people because the grief which breaks us open tends to make one vulnerable in the world in such a way as to bring us to the brink of possibility. We remake ourselves as we remember those who have died. We remake meaning of the world without the physical presence of the one who has died to discover that there are bonds that transcend death, and thus we learn to make ourselves available for more life and love and death.

    I am available to provide many kinds of bereavement support, from teaching about grief and loss (see education offerings) to being present to individuals and groups who are anticipating or experiencing death, dying and bereavement as well as long term bereavement support follow up in addition to grief counseling. I am prepared to facilitate grief support groups and to provide one on one counseling. In person is undeniably the best way to work, but I have also worked with clients over the phone, through email, and Skype would be an option too.

    It must be remembered that grieving is a normal and healthy response to loss. There is no standard treatment plan to cure someone from their grief, and most people will learn to accommodate their bereavement over time by utilizing the coping strategies and support systems they have developed throughout their lives. Each person's grief is unique and will require different kinds of support or intervention. I trust grieving people to ask for the help they need, though searching out, asking for and accepting the support one needs can be difficult. Caring for oneself in grief is an essential skill. Complicated and traumatic responses to loss can and do occur. My role is to help individuals and families to understand and recognize their own normal, healthy grief processes.