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  Gratitude is the destination

  From Grief to Gratitude

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Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in From Grief to Gratitude Day - Coping With Holiday Grief

How do you cope with the happy holiday season when you are heartbroken from the death of a loved one? While you are drowning in tears of sadness, it seems that everyone else has forgotten about your loss. The sights, sounds, and smells of the season confront you wherever you go. The rituals of family togetherness, gift giving, decorations, and celebrations really touch the heart of the void that has been left. The reality hits that the holidays you once treasured with your loved one will never be the same.  Whether the loss was last week or many years ago, we know that the emotions of grief are heightened during the holiday season.  You don't have to suffer alone.  Nor do you have to take 5-8 years to recover from such a devastating loss.  You can get on top of your grief.  Our certified grief coaches partner with you on your grief journey as you navigate the wilderness of these normal and natural emotions of loss and help you find meaning and purpose in a fulfilled life going forward. 


Enjoy the Holiday Grief Teleseminar Recording.

Dora Carpenter, certified professional coach and founder of From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program, has offered grief support services to the Washington, D.C. community for the last seven years. Working in the death care industry and seeing first-hand the need for support after funeral services were over, birthed her passion for grief coaching.  She has been coined as the “Angel of Comfort” by a client, and now trains and certifies grief coaches.

The newly-released book, The Roots of Holiday Grief, makes an excellent gift for anyone experiencing loss. While the root causes of holiday grief are many, one will find inspiration from the personal stories shared. The authors share their unmasked pain from the deepest parts of their hearts and souls. They share experiences of transcending losses related to death, relationships, health, career, divorce, faith, miscarriage, self-identify, and much more. Shawn Perry, Founder, Executive Producer, and Radio Host of The Senior Zone, increases visibility, raises awareness, and elevates the concerns of our older adult population. He shares an encouraging holiday message to our seniors, the backbone of our existence, who might feel alone and withdrawn during the holiday season. Robert Wright, Jr., Ph.D., COFT, the Stress Relief Doctor, is an Executive Stress Management Wellness Coach. Dr. Bob enlightens on existential grief, the causes, how it can affect every part of one’s life, and provides valuable information on steps to identify and resolve this devastating and sometimes unrecognizable form of grief.  Ask the author for an autographed copy or order on Amazon.

Radio Interview Recording

12082017 Parenting 411
C. Muleta (Parenting 411 Radio Show)

Dates to Remember

Children's Grief Awareness Day

November 16, 2017

Children's Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need

The Compassionate Friends

21st Annual Candle Lighting

December 10, 2017

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.


From Grief to Gratitude Day


How  to Get Through the Holiday Season When You are Heartbroken From the Death of a Loved One

This event is free and open to the public; however, you should register to guarantee a seat.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

1630 7th Street, N.W. - Lower Level Meeting Room
Washington,  D.C.  20001

The library is across the street from the Metro Green Line (Shaw-Howard University Station).

*See below for dates, times, and locations of additional holiday grief events.


Tips and Tools for Coping with Holiday Grief  ▪  What Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving  ▪  Personal Grief Experience Sharing  ▪  Finding Gratitude in the Gift of Now  ▪  Memorial Candle Lighting Meditation

Refreshments and Door Prizes

Join us on December 2nd at Shaw Library in Washington, D.C. to meet and chat with . . .

Dora Carpenter, CPC

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program


Rev. Anthony Farmer, D.Min.

Visions of the Heart Spiritual Life Center


Christina R. Ferguson, MS, CPC

Member, National Alliance of Grieving Children

Patricia M. Blaino

Evangelist and Certified Grief Coach


Heather D. Horton

Certified Grief Expert


Victoria Angel Moore

Grief and Relationship Coach


Child(ren) MUST BE REGISTERED in order to participate in this activity.



Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area:

Monday, November 13, 2017 - Shaw Library - 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Meeting Room
More information here.

Contact:  Heather D. Horton at [email protected]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Northeast Library -  7:00 - 8:00 pm - Upper Level Meeting Room
More information here.

Contact:  Heather D. Horton at [email protected]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Southeast Library - 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Meeting Room

More information here.
Contact:  Heather D. Horton at [email protected]