Grief is part of the process of healing for those who have experienced a death, a personal or family loss (job, relationship, tragedy), it is also something we deal with when recognizing worry and anxiety within ourselves and our experience of the world around us. I was told my children had emotional and behavioral issues strong enough that they needed to be removed from traditional brick and mortar public school for a while. What was not recognized, and what I needed to point out to school counselors in order to receive proper help is that their dad died when they were barely 5 and 3 years old. Since their issues in school were recognized about the 2nd grade there was a reluctance to make the correlation. Luckily, I was able to find two therapists that listened to me when I suggested the connection. The counseling took a turn from trying to manage behavior to recognizing the grief/abandonment and anxiety around the worry mom would also disappear. There is a little more to it than that, but that experience has sent me on a journey to not only recognize the life that we are missing, the worries that we all have for various reasons, but to recognize that loss is not only in the death of a loved one. Loss is also change. It is a constant readjustment in our world, and so many of us don’t recognize or have the ability to find the support that is necessary for our healing. We live in a society that colors loss, death and anxiety as something we simply need to get a grip on, and that is not always the case. Recognizing the meaning in our own lives, even within the loss and change is a way in which we can honor the life of a loved one no longer with us, and ourselves in a change that takes us away from what we are accustomed.

We grieve because we have loved. We have a connection to someone, to something, or to a way of life that is no longer a possibility. There is no right or wrong way to move through any type of grief. There is no one death or situation that is more important than the other. That is all from the perspective and the life of the person grieving. Grieving brings up unresolved trauma, pain and anxiety. Grieving may also be a breath of fresh air, and a release. Each person and every situation is different.

Links below are for more information. You will also find a link to my scheduling page if you wish to schedule an individual/private session. Private sessions are to honor the uniqueness of you, your situation and your healing. Please check back every so often as new resources are added and more services for both individual and group healing and coaching times. Also coming soon: Link to Anxiety and QiGong Moving Meditation.


Unity in Edinboro will be open every Wednesday at 6PM starting September 21 for anyone who is in need of grief support. It does not matter if a loved one has died a short time ago or years ago, this is a safe place to share stories of your loved one, share your personal struggles, or honor a birthday/anniversary/death date. Sharing, support, healing practices all on the table at this time. There is no prior appointment needed for this time. You may text 814-314-9297 to confirm the center is open during times of inclement weather (or if you ever want to double check before driving)

This time is made possible by those who donate at the time of coming and those who donate for this specific program.

To schedule an individual/private session please click the link above the photo or go to scheduling.

Click for scheduling link – Understanding loss and grief Anxiety and Depression Association of America – Resources from David Kessler – Death of a parent – The Dougy Center (Helping children and Young Adults) – Death of a child and sibling – Death of a loved one by suicide – 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – National Alliance of Mental Illness – American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – Adult Children of Alcoholics® & Dysfunctional Families – Al-Anon Family Groups – The Caring Place