"Kathleen's open demeanor, collaborative process, and personal and professional expertise were invaluable in helping me navigate the complexities of grief. I truly felt seen and heard in every interaction."
Hi, I’m Kathleen and as a coach, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and community member I hope that I can relate to you on one or many of these levels. I have a background in grief ministry and social work. My hope is through our personal interactions I can help you achieve comfort and inspiration as you navigate your grief.
My dad died unexpectedly when I was eight years old. My entire world was upended. At the time I had no idea how much this trauma would inform all of my future decisions and prompt me to commit myself to helping others navigate their own losses.
Sometimes, when people have lost a loved one, they fear they will never be able to live again. My perspective is that unfortunately loss is a normal, inescapable part of life's journey. Learning to accept and navigate your loss with grit and gratitude helps you to live your life again as you grow your relationships with yourself and others, find new possibilities, set goals, celebrate your strengths and if interested, navigate your spiritual life.
I work with teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or extended family member. I also work with adults who have lost a loved one.
My Masters in Social Work focused on mental health and its connection to grief and trauma. I have also attended numerous workshops and extensive training on grief accompaniment.
I am comfortable in hospice settings and have served as a bereavement coordinator for families and community groups.
MSW, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Founding Director of Campus Ministry, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
Grief and Bereavement Facilitator Training, Siena Center
Honoring Grief: Intending to Heal, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (Certificate)
Rainbows Program Facilitator (for children who have experienced death or divorce)
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Trained in suicide prevention