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Elizabeth Berrien

Author of Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick's Path from Loss to Hope

Elizabeth Berrien is the co-founder of the The Respite: A Women's Resource for Loss & Hope, the founder of the organization Soul Widows for widows age 60 and under and author of Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick's Path from Loss to Hope.

Her journey through grief began in 2008 with the loss of her son at birth, followed by the death of her husband, a Special Forces soldier, in 2009. She found herself a widow at 27-years-old. With a fresh, personal, and candid voice, Elizabeth takes an integrative approach to the grief journey by incorporating innovative practices she learned through The Model of Heart-Centered Grief. Through her story of loss and hope, Elizabeth continues to inspire and empower others who are coping with grief by sharing her story, facilitating support groups, writing, and speaking.

Elizabeth is a co-author in the book In the Spirit of Abundance (Hay House Publishing) and is featured in the book Bounce Back Women by Meryl Hartstein. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2004 with an Interdisciplinary degree in Human Expression in Culture. She recently completed her training to become a Certified Creative Grief Coach® and facilitates ongoing support groups and retreats for The Respite: A Women's Resource for Loss & Hope. She currently resides with her family in Charlotte, NC.
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How Do You Celebrate Holidays After Losing a Loved One?

The idea of a jolly holiday is like rubbing salt in the wound when our loved one isn't there. Honour your grief. You may find a completely new way of handling celebratory occasions by starting new traditions, or you may feel more comfortable sticking to old ones. Either way, you will know what feels right.
11/27/2013 12:25 EST
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It's Okay To Be Selfish After Loss

It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with what you think you should or shouldn't be doing with your time. Yet, when you've experienced the loss of a family member who was so close, you need to remember that it is okay to be a little selfish about how you run your life.
09/17/2013 07:49 EDT
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"This Is What I Need!": On Being Direct After Loss

I learned early on when I was coping with my baby's death -- and again after my husband died -- that I had to be very specific about what I did or did not need from those around me. I used to be a shy person.. As I was working through my grief process, however, I started to see that a new, bolder side of my personality was begging to come out.
09/04/2013 05:46 EDT
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How I Learned to Trust After Loss

How does one trust in life again after experiencing two tragic losses? This is a question that I've asked myself since losing my son to stillbirth after a healthy 9-month pregnancy, followed just 18-months later by the death of my husband, a soldier serving in Afghanistan. How could I ever trust in anything again?
08/27/2013 05:42 EDT
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How I Dealt With Comments As a Young Widow

There were many times, especially in the beginning of my grief, when I turned to someone with a look that said, "What did you just say to me?" It took me a long time to not take comments too personally. I had to develop a thicker skin as time went by or I would've constantly been flying off the handle.
08/18/2013 11:17 EDT
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I Lost My Baby. Here's How I Coped

My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and so the second time I was expecting I was filled with relief after a healthy nine-month pregnancy. I looked forward to the moment when I would hold my son in my arms. However, what should have been my greatest joy turned into one of my greatest nightmares.
08/09/2013 12:21 EDT