I got into grief work and education how I imagine most people do, with a personal tragedy and desire to use it to help others. In 2008, my daughter, Peyton, died unexpectedly at just 6 weeks old. That single, yet profound, event created an unimaginable chain reaction of events that changed my life forever.
The disintegration of my 10-year marriage. Business failure, unemployment, financial ruin, and bankruptcy. Moves. A lot of them. Loss of "friends". A gargantuan loss of faith. Major depression. And... drum roll, please... The unexpected death of my Father. All while caring for my then 3-year-old son. And, sadly, those were just the highlights over the first 14 months after Peyton's death.
I decided to take that dumpster fire of a few years (and beyond) and do something good with it. In 2010, I began mentoring individuals and families experiencing the death of a child. This led to formal training as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Grief + Loss Coach, and a career dedicated to Thanatology.
Modern Grief was born from a simple desire to do good and over the years we've provided grief counseling, facilitated support groups, provided grief awareness training for friends and family, created on-demand courses and e-guides, joined advocacy efforts, and provided workplace consulting on bereavement policies, grief awareness, and empathy.
Sometimes life hands us lemons, it's all about what we do with them...
Claire McCarthy | founder
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