It has been said our lives are forever changed when someone we love dies. The memories of how they took their final breath continue to be etched in our minds, even when the separation has long passed. We are the bereaved, the mourning, the vulnerable. We are hit by waves of painful emotions we may not have experienced before ,like grief, anger, depression, guilt, fear, anxiety and a longing for our loved ones. Sometimes, we are simply numb, unable to move, act, or think. Perhaps, we have asked ourselves, “am I losing my mind?” Many experience physical symptoms, a feeling of tightness in the throat or a choking sensation, a shortness of breath, to name a few. Additionally, attention, concentration and memory problems are common reactions. It is during these troubled, conflicting, painful and often confusing times that we could consider engaging in grief work to express, to retell, to cherish our loved ones with hopes that one day we can feel alive again.
I believe, while there is no cure from grief, there is healing. Therefore, an empathic support as we journey into the darkness and unfamiliarity of grief is essential. I invite you into a space where grief does not have an expiration date and where there are as many ways to grieve as there are grievers. The foundation of my clinical work includes content-rich psychoeducation, inspirational materials laced with warmth, practicality, and an understanding of human nature and conditions. I have been in the field of social work for the last 11 years, graduating from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 2006. I have served the community in a number of settings including in mental health centers, substance rehabilitation centers, and in hospice. Above all, counseling the bereaved remains near and dear to my heart. I have interacted extensively with adults experiencing losses of a spouse, a parent, or a child, under a wide variety of circumstances, ranging from long-term illnesses, sudden deaths, and suicides. I am familiar with, and have a broad perspective, on a number of related topics including care giving, anticipatory grief, incurable diseases, and end of life issues. I continue to receive post-graduate training through seminars in Complicated Grief at Columbia University in New York. Throughout my social work education and training, it is the clients I served who have been my greatest teachers.