Bereavement Support

Dr. Hewett offers the following services:


Bereavement Coaching

Beth provides individual and family bereavement coaching in-person and by phone. As a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care™ Provider and a student of the “companioning” philosophy of grief care, Beth coaches by enabling the bereaved to set their own agenda and encouraging them to identify their healing goals. She believes that the bereaved can feel more hopeful when they mourn in mindful and purposeful ways. Grief exists because we love—it is a gift of love. When  it is mourned well, our grief softens.

Facilitator Training

Beth combines the training models of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, the former National Catholic Ministry for the Bereaved, and the MISS Foundation to develop her facilitator training workshops. Workshops typically are two to two and one half days although shorter, subject-specific workshops can be accommodated. Bereavement Facilitator Trainings are offered for both secular and religious settings.

  • Secular-focused training incorporates such areas as: understanding grief and mourning; cultural deterrents to mourning well; funerals, memorial services, and other healing rituals; learning the emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, and social elements of grief; facilitating grief support groups; approaching grief support holistically; applying self-care for facilitators; developing a comprehensive bereavement service plan; and more.
  • Religious-focused training includes all of the above plus religion-specific funeral concerns and spiritually based social support.

If you would like to have facilitator training that is tailored more specifically to your setting, please contact Beth with pertinent information.


Grief Advice Column

Grief Support Group Mentoring

Beth will provide mentoring to your grief support group facilitators by meeting with the facilitators as a group; if requested, she will attend a group as an observer-participant prior to the meeting.

Writing Workshop

This workshop focuses on using writing to set an intention to heal, embrace grief to move through it, experience all of our emotions, recognize the universality of suffering, understand our expectations, enact the difference between grieving and mourning, move from passivity to action, find grace in loss, and use writing to live again.

Various types of writing include the eulogy (particularly as a venue for honoring the deceased and healing ongoing pain), healing journals, poetry, and first-person essays.

Finding Hope Retreat

This retreat can be customized from a one-half day to two full days. The retreat encompasses a variety of discussions, hands-on activities, and opportunities to explore a current or past grief. Music, art, writing, light physical activity (like short walks), meditation, and rest are incorporated to explore one’s grief in healthy, helpful ways.


Please contact Beth if you’d like more information about any of these bereavement support services. Telephone consultations also are available.


Dr. Beth L. Hewett is an experienced grief coach, bereavement facilitator and facilitator trainer, author, public speaker, and writing instructor. Her specialty is mindful mourning with Bead Blessings, writing, and other purposeful activities.

Grief Coaching

Dr. Hewett is a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider and grief coach. Her philosophy is that we deserve support in the sadness of death. She will listen to your story and walk the grief journey with you.

Grief Publications

  • Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy
  • More Good Words: Practical Activities for Mourning
  • More Good Words: Grief in the Workplace
  • Good Words Booklets


Telephone: 443-904-6424