Elizabeth Berrien

  • Author of Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick’s Path from Loss to Hope Co-founder of The Respite: A Centr
  • Elizabeth Berrien
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Contact me for: Support groups for young widows, personal grief coaching, grief and loss resources

Elizabeth Berrien is the co-founder of the non-profit The Respite: A Centre for Grief & Hope (www.TheRespite.org) and also the founder of the organization Soul Widows (www.SoulWidows.org) for widows age 60 and under.
Her journey began in 2008 with the loss of her son at birth, followed by the death of her husband, a soldier, in 2009. With a fresh, personal, and candid voice, Elizabeth takes an integrative approach to the grief journey by incorporating innovative practices she learned through the Model of Heart-Centered Grief. She believes that as people process the loss of a loved one, they should look at themselves as a whole person - body, mind, and soul - and that each individual has the ability to access her or his own creative path. Through her story of loss and hope, Elizabeth discovered the paradox of grief and joy; namely, a person cannot have one without the other. With relatable wisdom and an edge of humor, she continues to inspire and empower others who are coping with grief by sharing her story, facilitating support groups, writing, and speaking.
Elizabeth is a co-author in the book In the Spirit of Abundance (Hay House, due for release in Fall 2013) and is featured in the book Bounce Back Women by Meryl Hartstein (due for release in Fall 2013). Elizabeth is a Certified Creative Grief Coach®. She resides with her family in Charlotte, NC.

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Expert Articles by Elizabeth Berrien

Death of a Spouse

Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age
The journey of young widowhood is not easy. However, there are many healthy ways to cope with your loss that will help you move through it and even uplift you. Reach for support when you need it, spea...
Advice on helping a loved one through the first year of grieving
Supporting a loved one through their grief journey can be challenging. You might feel a bit lost at times and unsure about how to best offer support. There are many tips and tools that can help you as...

Loss of a Child

Creatively coping with the loss of a baby is essential for healing
Losing a baby is one of the most difficult losses that anyone can experience. It is incredibly painful and life-transforming. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and that it is pos...

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