Welcome. If you have come here, it is likely that your world has been either shaken or shattered by loss. Some of the individuals I work with have experiencing overwhelming heartache: through a relationship ending, the death of someone dear, coping with chronic illness, or from some other overpowering struggle. Others may be grieving a life unlived, a path taken that was ill-advised, or a world that feels like it is imploding. Whatever it is, the grief that has emerged is powerful and unsettling, and there is a level of suffering that may feel unforgiving and relentless. I help individuals find inner strength and resourcefulness to open to their unique circumstances, and find ways to understand, disentangle, and integrate loss.
I am a counselor and interfaith chaplain who specializes in grief, loss, and transition. Does grief or loss feel like a permanent fixture or uninvited guest? Has the world suddenly become a very fragile and vulnerable place? Individuals I work with to varying degrees may:
• feel overwhelmed, unsettled, or disoriented;
• feel trapped, compressed or angry;
• wish their life could feel more manageable;
• are exhausted by their emotions;
• wonder if their intense sadness is normal;
• want some reprieve from the pain, disruption, and helplessness;
• want to find more emotional balance and suffer less;
• want a safe place to grieve.
Unexplored loss or sorrow is harmful to our body, mind, spirit, and soul. It takes energy and intention to tend to this delicate and uncertain place. Stepping into this space is an opening to increased consolation, compassion, resourcefulness, and integrity.
It takes immense courage to face significant loss. If you can make a place for it, it will change.
Learn more about grief and loss support by contacting me for a free 30-minute online or phone consultation. It does not matter whether you are in the local area (Philadelphia, PA) as all support sessions are online or by phone.
Read a two-page easy-to-print pdf that serves as an overview of grief and loss support, and organizes the website information in one place here.
About poetry: some may ask, do I have to like poetry to able to benefit from working with you? While I’m passionate about poetry, the answer is emphatically no. Poetry is used judiciously and only when an individual finds comfort and meaning in it.
“Grief is not a problem to be solved, it’s a presence waiting for witnessing. It’s the solitary journey that we cannot do alone, that needs to be shared, only then can there be a response, a protection and a restoration of that which has been damaged.” ― Francis Weller