Utilizing my education as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, my training, and my personal experience has proven to be most effective in providing my clients with empathy and compassion, a deeper understanding of dealing with loss, grief, mourning, and much-needed emotional support – all of which can result in a great sense of hope and healing. Seeing lives change is the greatest and most satisfying aspect of what I do.
My personal journey with grief began my freshman year in college when my boyfriend was killed in an automobile accident. I regretted that I never had the chance to say goodbye. Ironically, I was taking my first Grief & Loss class at the time. This provided a certain level of help, but there was not a great deal of grief support on our college campus in the 1980s. I even attended a widows' support group in Indianapolis for bereavment support, but soon found it was not a good fit for me. His death made me realize how unprepared I was to cope with my grief and the pain of loss. All my hopes, dreams, and expections were gone!
Many years later, my 69-year-old father died in a hospital cardiac recovery unit just after Christmas, surrounded by family, 30 days after undergoing open heart surgery. I found myself leaning on my faith to get me through my pain of grief. I had attended a grief support group through my church at the time.
My next significant loss was that of my 42-year-old sister, who was diagnosed with a very rare cancer. This occurred around the time I was working toward my master’s degree, and was participating in another Grief and Loss class. From this experience, I learned a lot about helping my sister prepare for her end-of-life journey. We involved hospice care, which was a great resource in helping me cope with my bereavement.
Not long after my sister died, my beloved 14-year-old cat Gracie died suddenly. My heart was broken. It was difficult to find support groups for pet loss. So for several months, I participated in a chat room for those who had lost pets. Now with the help of the Grief Recovery Method Pet Loss program, I was able grieve Gracie's loss in an appropriate way.
A subsequent devastating loss was that of my mother, who passed suddenly at the age of 79. I was aware this could happen due to her health condition, but it was still jarring to me. My mother was my rock. I found it challenging to grieve her loss, while continuing to help grieving patients and families in my hospice career. I had to put my grief on hold until I could process appropriately, once I was certified.
While the deaths of those I loved caused me to mourn, I have also felt and endured other losses over the years. Shortly after my mother died, my eldest daughter moved several states away for work. This too was a loss. And my husband’s family business of 30 years closed. I wasn’t prepared for how this would affect my family and me.
It was during this time I researched grief and loss programs that could help me with my pain. This is when I found the Grief Recovery Institute and made one of the most meaningful decisions of my life -- to become a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist. Since being certified, I have been processing my losses with the tools I learned, and with their action plan. I have had a lot of grief counseling and training, and The Grief Recovery Method is by far the best evidence-based program I have seen.
It is my hope that you will allow me the opportunity to walk with you through your grief journey. I am here as a guide to help you navigate and teach you how to process your loss with supportive guidance every step of the way. I look forward to walking with you through this journey of healing from loss. Located in Fishers, IN serving: Indianapolis, Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, Zionsville, Fortville, McCordsville, Indiana.
It has helped me come to terms with my loss and realize that I have at least some degree of responsibility as to how I react to the loss.Support GroupsParticipant in Indianapolis, Indiana01/26/2020
THis program has helped me separate my pain from my grief and showed me that I will forever be grieving, but wont forever be in pain.1-on-1 SupportParticipant in Indianapolis, IN11/18/2019
This program was beneficial in relieving the grief I didn't even realize I was carrying. Plus it made me deal with a long-buried grief issue I had long since forgotten about. Excellent program and great facilitator!Support GroupsParticipant in Avon, IN03/27/2019
I have attended other grief programs but this program was by far the best. The 8-week course involved reading, homework, and discussion. The process used help me work through the grief of unresolved issues with my relationship with my son but it also helped me understand the different events that happened in my life that caused many unresolved situations that caused deep pain for me. The homework assignments help me develop a process to recognize them then provided a process to help me write a letter to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you" and then a way to say Goodbye. When you reach this point, it is very empowering to the soul. I would highly recommend this program to others whether dealing with a death, divorce, or unresolved relationships. Grief affects everyone differently. The tools in this program will help you work through your pain (whatever that may be). You won't be disappointed.Support GroupsParticipant in Avon, IN07/16/2018