A Safe Place to Grieve.
The Olympia Discover-Create-Share Center is now open. Grief is universal; loss is personal and individual. Discover how. You aren’t alone in your journey.
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Listen to your grief.
A journey of healing is all about what you DISCOVER and then what you do about it! Navigating Grief provides the tools for you to travel your own path at your own pace.
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Do things about grief.
CREATE is the action of “so what” are your going to do? From writing for insight to memory projects, you can bring your loved one with you when Navigating Grief.
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Give voice to grief.
As you SHARE about grief and life you validate how you and your loved one both make a difference in this world. Navigating Grief has the avenues to get your there.
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Joan is founder of Navigating Grief, an educational support site for caregivers and bereaved, and life coach specializing in transitions through grief. In 2004, Joan preserved family stories in multi-media productions from photos and memorabilia. Evolving through memorial work and heritage workshops, she developed Storybooks for Healing, a group program on overcoming loss through writing. In 2010, Joan began care for her husband during his terminal illness. From diagnosis to his death in 2012, she has openly shared her process through grief in her blog Grief Reflection.
“Dear Joan, Thank you for all that you do. You have a way of giving people joy by helping them through the healing process.”
“My work with Joan Hitchens has been and continues to be a blessing. Her coaching has brought me insights in a safe way to explore my own sacred space. Joan pushes me gently where I am able to follow my own thoughts, shake off my fears and have the most incredible “aha” moments. I am rejuvenated.”
“Thanks for providing a safe place/space for us to gather, grieve and heal.”
“Thank you so much for guiding me through this writing process… Jen’s story is special and through your help it will be treasured for years. (It) can be revisited by anyone at anytime, and we need not forget our precious child.”
“Anticipation of pain kept me paralyzed but actually looking it dead in the eye has made it less scary and therefore less powerful. I had a tiny little glimmer of light, an insight that helped. I am allowing myself to experience all of the emotions.”
“Coaching with Joan was key in helping me get out of overwhelm and set my priorities straight. She is both encouraging and insightful and I always came out of the coaching calls with greater clarity… I moved through some tough spots much faster than I could have on my own.”
“As Marketing Director at Garden Courte Memory Care Community, I’m always looking for ways to help people overcome their fears of coming into a memory care center. Your presentation on Caregiver’s Grief did! We had higher than expected attendance and great feedback from attendees.”
“I just sent a copy of Mother’s storybook to her best friend… and received a tearful message back thanking me.”
“…an emotional journey but rewarding. I have discovered some important things along the way that I wouldn’t have without this opportunity.”
“Dear Joan, Thank you so much for this incredible gift! When I discovered your website, it was like discovering gold…it opened new doors to new rooms filled with possibility and potential. Thank you for a simple “GPS system;” which will help me and others navigate through grief.”