Looking back it seems that Iíve been exploring alternative ways to learn, grow, and heal through transition and loss most of my adult life. In the past 35 years I lost my first marriage through divorce, experienced several job transitions, and grieved the deaths of my parents, a brother, son-in-law, clients, friends and my second husband.
Some losses have stopped me in my tracks while others have moved me to walk with others. From my loss experiences Iíve learned how each loss is different and triggers a variety of grief responses. That awareness has led me to utilize a wide range of tools, strategies and approaches that accommodate individual styles of coping with transition and loss.
For over ten years I facilitated a weekly grief support group, trained peer helpers to support those in transition, led a recovery seminar for families in divorce and began speaking to grief groups. In the 80s and 90s I completed hundreds of hours of trainings, classes and graduate work around change, loss, bereavement, and personal growth.
Over the years Iíve conducted seminars, workshops, groups and coaching sessions that helped thousands of men and women through loss, transition and new ventures. Iíve addressed audiences at churches, community education, nonprofits, and corporations including the State of Minnesota, Lutheran Brotherhood, American Express, The State Attorney Generalís Office and 3M to name a few.
At the community level, I volunteered at Pathways Minneapolis, addressed nonprofit leaders after 9/11, and have spoken to dozens of grief groups. The death of several clients heightened my interest in end of life issues and led me to become a Hospice volunteer. I've been a board member of the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support (MCDES) since 2009.
When I moved into coaching in the 90s I became the first woman in Minnesota to be certified as a Personal Professional Co-Active Coach. Blending my experience with grief, transition and personal growth has evolved into my unique approach of literally and figuratively walking clients through transition and loss to whatís next.
Think of me as a companion on your journey.