For over the past 23 years, I have had the honor of working in the field of dying, death, grief and oncology as a licensed social worker in hospice and a school grief counselor. My career has been dedicated to providing support and counsel to children, teens, young adults and adults through individual counseling, grief support groups, and crisis and trauma work.
My lifework has allowed me to participate in the development of school based grief support programs, function as the program coordinator and a grief counselor. I have written age-appropriate grief support curriculums, as well as, other grief support booklets.
I am fortunate to be the author of two published books. Hope Heals: A Journal of Love, Loss and Memories and Words to Live By. Presenting, nationally, on the topic of grieving children, teens and families at the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference, as well as at, schools, churches, hospice retreats and fund raising events is something I appreciate being able to do. I have facilitated support groups for people living with cancer and their caregivers. For many years, I participated in planning and facilitating grief support groups for an annual family grief retreat.
Throughout my extensive career in grief work, I have been continuously reminded to appreciate what matters most in life and recognizing that just as grieving is a life long process and an extension of love, so is healing.
Trained Field Traumatologist, American Green Cross
Member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children
Member of the Minneapolis Children’s Grief Consortium
Consultant for a non-profit grief center
Past member of the Minnesota Hospice Organization Education Board
Certified in Death Education