For more than a decade, I worked as a death investigator in a coroner’s office. In that role, I was present for, and energetically supported, thousands of people during intensely difficult transitions. On many occasions, I felt like I momentarily became part of their family, and it was repeatedly difficult for me to witness them apologize for the emotional reactions they experienced when talking about, or having just been notified of, the death of their loved one. I realized that I wanted to be a part of these transitions in a more meaningful way—to assist in removing barriers and creating a sacred space for people to acknowledge their losses and express themselves without judgement or criticism.
After leaving my job at the coroner’s office, I became an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist certified by the Grief Recovery Institute®, and a Sacred Passage End of Life Doula and Conscious Dying Coach certified by the Conscious Dying Institute, a Home Funeral Guide, Death Educator, and member of the National Home Funeral Alliance. My formal degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver. I also am also a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region VIII.
It is my calling to create a space where you feel empowered to embark on your journey of personal, emotional, and spiritual expression. I would be honored to walk next to you on your path and witness your transition as you heal your heart.
If my message or offerings resonate with you, please schedule a free 20 minute consultation call (https://www.transitionalwitness.com/) so we can connect and see if this path is a good fit.
I was completely unaware of the unfortunate and harmful behaviors that I was damaging myself, others and most importantly to me, my children with. Grief in all of it’s many faces is a natural process in life. It is important to allow and be allowed to traverse through it in order to “complete “ the process of grief. I now feel as though my life’s tool belt is so much more equipped to confidently move forward through these challenges that are life and to be a true benefit for my babies as they move through their lives. I am so grateful for Marilynn and the Grief Recovery Institute for the gifts that I have received in this short course. Marilynn thank you for your honesty and patience as I experienced all of this information and started incorporating it into my life. You are a blessing! Thank you to all! Be Blessed!!Helping Children With Loss04/18/2021
I learned how we all experience loss in different ways and not to compare our loss. I learned all the myths that go along with grieving and have tools to work through any loss. I learned how to communicate with my kids on loss and help them process their thoughts and feelings.Helping Children With Loss03/21/2021
The Grief Recovery Method uses clear, easy-to-grasp language and concepts that have transformed my understanding of grief. My facilitator skillfully guided me through the process, offering support and a helping hand at exactly the right time(s). I now see the world and my interactions and relationships through an entirely different lens, with more clarity and compassion than before.1-on-1 Online Support01/28/2021