- Founder - , a non-profit organization
which gathers and disseminates information on death and dying, grief
and bereavement, and major loss.
- Creator - GriefNet, an Internet community providing information
and support for persons dealing with major loss
- Director - KIDSAID, an internet community for children dealing with loss
- Editor - Bereavement & Loss Resources, a directory of loss resources in Michigan
Private clinical practice - individual, couple, and adolescent therapy.
- Special focus: grief, bereavement, trauma, and major
- Consulting and teaching on grief and loss
- seminars and classes
- in-service training sessions
- Writing and research on how people cope with grief
and major loss.
Recipient of the Oberlin Alumnae Distinguished Service Award for 2013
The recipient must have demonstrated in his/her life service or volunteer activities that reflect Oberlin’s values by
directly improving the quality of life for humanity. Oberlin’s values include freedom, social justice, and
Community service and involvement.
Ph.D. - University of Michigan, 1983
M.A. - University of Michigan, 1977
B.A. - Oberlin College, 1966
cum laude, English Literature
Certified Traumatologist - The Traumatology Institute, Florida
State University #1295, 1999 -
Psychologist - State of Michigan
License #6301006063, 1984 - .
Certified Social Worker - State of Michigan
Registered as Social Worker #009270, 1974 -
Bereavement Network of Washtenaw County
Organizer, 1991 - 1995.
Michigan Women Psychologists,
Member 1990 - .
Association for Death Education and Counseling
Member, National Forum, 1979 - .
Founder, Michigan Chapter, 1983.
President, 1984 - 1991.
American Orthopsychiatric Association,
Fellow, 1986 - 95.
Michigan Association for Emotionally Disturbed Children,
Member, 1983 - .
Bereavement Resource Association (southeast Michigan)
Member & contributor, 1981 - 1985.
American Educational Research Association.
Student member, 1978-1982
Academic Alumni in Service to Oberlin College (ASOC)
Women's Studies Roster, 1975 - .
Human Development Roster, 1984 - .
Project Outreach, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan,
1994 - . Director of GriefNet, dba of Rivendell Resources,
Inc., which runs email grief support groups and provides resources
to the bereaved on the Internet.
1990 - . Psychotherapist: individual and couple therapy
specializing in grief and traumatic loss.
1990 - . Editor & Publisher of Bereavement & Loss
Resources, a bi-monthly newsletter of bereavement resources
in Michigan, Northwest Ohio, Southwest Ontario.
1973 - 1990. Psychotherapist: individual, couple, and family
therapy, weekend and on-going group therapy.
1995-1998 - Co-founder and Psychologist - Healing Connections,
a non-profit corporation offering a blend of traditional and
alternative methods of health care.
3/96-7/96 Soundings for Women, Ann Arbor; Clinical psychologist,
handled all mental health issues through individual or group
1992 - 1994. President Rivendell Resources, Inc., a non-profit
organization which gathers and disseminates information on
death and dying, grief and bereavement, and major loss.
1986 - 1990. Editor Bereavement & Loss Resources,
a 3x/yr newsletter of bereavement resources in Michigan, Northwest
Ohio, Southwest Ontario.
1/82-5/82. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology,
University of Michigan. "Psychology of Sexism and Ageism."
1/78-5/78. Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology,
University of Michigan. Coordinator of personal growth groups,
Project Outreach, and consultant to group leaders in training.
10/77. Oberlin College, Women's Studies Committee. Designed
and facilitated workshop on interpersonal communications on
5/77-7/77. Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Education,
University of Michigan. Course: "Human Potential."
1975 - 1977. Applied Environmental Research, Ann Arbor. Consultant.
10/75. Siena Heights College, Adrian, MI. Leader, self- awareness
group for adult women.
7/75. National Park Service, Isle Royale, MI. Consultant
on staff dynamics to Jack Morehead, Superintendent. Observation & analysis
of staff dynamics.
4/75. Environmental & Urban Planning Services, Ann Arbor.
Consultant for designing & leading workshop on Public
Involvement Mechanisms for National Park Service.
3/75. School of Social Work, University of Michigan. Guest
lecturer for course "Contemporary Treatment Techniques."
9/74 - 12/74. Residential College, University of Michigan.
Teacher/consultant for undergraduate psychology class.
4/74. School of Social Work, University of Michigan. Guest
lecturer/group leader for course "Women's Issues."
1/72 - 8/72. School of Education, University of Michigan.
Assistant in Education.
4/71 - 8/71. Center for Research on Learning, Ann Arbor.
Computer consultant. Responsible for acquisition of computer
hardware, hiring of coders and keypunchers, interface to Michigan
Terminal System, and consultant on statistical analysis.
1/71 - 8/71. Educational Change Team, University of Michigan.
Computer consultant. Supervised and implemented all stages
of transferring data from questionnaires and interviews into
statistical output from 360/67 computer. Hired and trained
keypunchers and coders. Developed code book. Developed coding
schemes for both interviews and questionnaires. Supervised
acquisition of all equipment and supplies. Built files of
data to fit Osiris programs and SPSS.
10/68 - 10/70. Center for Research on Conflict Resolution,
Research Assistant. Duties included computer data input and
assistance in statistical research methods.
1/68 - 10/68. Teacher, The Children's Community, an alternative,
open elementary school, Ann Arbor, MI.
9/66 - 10/67. American Friends Service Committee. Office Manager,
Michigan Area Office, Ann Arbor, MI.
TEACHING & TRAINING
4/08. Presentation of resources at memorial service held
by University of Michigan Cancer Center by Sue Wintermeyer-Pingel,
11/07. In-service training in Ann Arbor for professional
and administrative staff of Gift of Life Michigan.
4/07. In-service training for social workers connected
to the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
in Ann Arbor.
2/02. Led session on grief and loss for Michigan Asian Indian
Family Services, chaired by Rani Bahadur, for staff of social workers,
psychologists, and nurses.
4/01, 4/03, 1/05. Guest lecturer in University of Michigan Graduate
School of Nursing School class of Linda Strodtman, SN622, Nursing Intervention
for Death and Dying, Session on internet grief resources and email grief support
4/99. Guest presenter in University of Michigan Graduate School
of Nursing School class SN622, "Nursing Intervention for Death and Dying."
Session on support system enhancement and values clarification.
4/93. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and
Counseling, Memphis. Presented practice report entitled, "HOW CLOSE IS
TOO CLOSE; HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? The Establishment and Maintenance of Personal
Boundaries Between Therapists and Trauma Survivors."
3/92. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and
Counseling, Boston. Presented practice report entitled, "DOES INCEST HURT
WORSE THAN DEATH?"
4/91. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and
Counseling, Duluth. Presented practice report entitled "GAY GRIEF ISN'T
/ DIFFERENT GRIEVERS, DIFFERENT GRIEFS: THE MOURNERS OUR PROFESSION SHUNS"
5/87. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and
Counseling, London, Ontario.
12/84. "Children and Death," professional training conference,
Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio.
7/79. Professional training session, St. Christopher's Hospice.
5/75. "After We're Gone," professional training conference,
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
5/74. "Living With Dying," professional training conference,
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
9-12/72. Residential training program in Gestalt Psychology.
Pellin Institute, Montecorice, Italy.
1968-1971. On-going training in group dynamics and leadership
Project Outreach, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan.
1986 - 1990. Editor, Bereavement Bulletin, (former name of
Bereavement & Loss Resources), published by MI Chapter ADEC.
1989-1990. Coordinator, First Annual Conference of the Michigan
Chapter of ADEC, "The Many Faces of Grief," held 28 April 1990 in at Powers
Catholic High School in Flint, MI.
1983 - 10/90. Co-founder and President of the Michigan Chapter
of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, (ADEC) an organization
providing networking, resources, and education in the fields of death,
dying, grief, and loss.
1980-1982. Hospice of Washtenaw, Volunteer Services Committee
member, Organization & Delivery of Services. Developed and chaired Bereavement
Committee. Designed and led training sessions on grief & loss for staff
& volunteers. Consultant to staff and direct-care teams on bereavement,
psychological, and interpersonal communications issues. Interviewed potential
1980 - . Consulting & teaching on grief & loss.
4/90. First Annual Conference MI Chapter ADEC. Two sessions
on how normal adults cope with grief.
6/84 & 10/84. SOS Crisis Center, Ypsilanti. Training session
on grief and loss for crisis counsellors.
1/84-6/84. HOME Life (home care for terminal oncology patients).
Voluntary consultation on program development.
5/83. Center for Continuing Education, School of Public Health,
University of Michigan. Developed and led two-part program, "A Healthy
Approach to Loss," for Branch County, MI, Citizens for Hospice.
4/83. Lansing Life Underwriters, Lansing, MI. Presentation
and discussion of grief and loss at their monthly meeting.
6/82. Associated Counselling Services, Plymouth, MI, professional
training session on grief and loss.
5/82. Washtenaw Intermediate School District, workshop for
school social work & counselling personnel on grief and loss.
3/82. Ann Arbor Trust, development of training program on
grief & loss for trust officers.
1/82. RESOLVE of Ann Arbor (support group for infertile, would-be
parents), presentation & discussion on grief and loss.
10/81. Washtenaw Day Care Center for the Frail Elderly, staff
training session on grief due to death & aging.
1/81. School of Public Health, University of Michigan, seminar
on development and administration of hospices.
10/80. Michigan Oncology Nurses Assn., professional training
session on grief and loss.
7/80-9/80. Research assistant to SHARE (Ann Arbor support
group for families of children with cancer). Data analysis of research
on families whose child had died of cancer.
GriefNet: Creating and Maintaining an Internet Bereavement Community; by Cendra Lynn and Antje Rath, contributing authors to Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe: For Counselors and Educators, 2012.
Bereavement & Loss Resources. Published on paper bi-monthly 1986 - 1993; quarterly 1994 - 1998; 3x/year 1998-2008. Published online 2012 - .
Coping With Loss: Determining What Nurtures or Hinders Grieving.
Doctoral Dissertation. Ann Arbor, MI, USA & London, England: University
Microfilms International, 1983, published on demand. Also published privately
"An Annotated Bibliography on Grief and Loss" Published privately; updated frequently.
"A Visit to St. Christopher's Hospice," Long Term Care and
Health Services Administration, September, 1980.
"A Study of Parents Whose Children Have Died of Cancer," published
privately, September 1980.
Summary Training Report. With Kate Warner, Thomas E. Borton,
and William Wenrich. Summary of Public Involvement Workshop, National
Park Service, 1975.
"A Partial Bibliography on Alternatives to Public Education."
Prepared for William M. Cave, School of Education, University of Michigan
1996 - 98. Clonlara School parent: PTSO Secretary, hiring
committee member, convenor - funding committee
1996 - . Friends Lake Community, Interim Property Committee
convener, 1995-96; active member
1991 - 1996. Emerson School parent: Multi-cultural committee;
development of School Disaster Plan
1988 - . Neighborhood Watch Block Captain
1980-1982. Treasurer, Allen Creek Neighborhood Association
1979-1981. Treasurer, Ann Arbor Track Club
Coordinator, Dexter/Ann Arbor Run, 1977& 1978 1973-1975.
Vice-President, Board of Directors, Project Grow (community gardening
1967-1970. Draft Counsellor, Ann Arbor Draft Counselling Center
1967, 1968. Canadian & American Friends Service Committees,
(summers). Institute on Nonviolence, Grindstone
Island, Canada. Designer & leader of personal
1966 - . Religious Society of Friends, active member.
Religious Education committee, 1990 - 1999.
1964 (summer). Waitress, chamber maid, and entertainer, Rockhouse
Mountain Farm, Eaton Center, NH.
An exhausting and uninspiring job catering
to wealthy vacationing suburbanites.
1963 (summer). Counsellor, Camp Quinibeck, Ely, VT.
First strong culture shock working with
rich kids in an atmosphere of teamwork, competitiveness, and discouragement
of individual initiative.
1962 (summer). Counsellor, Camp Ledgewood, Hudson, Ohio. A
healthy summer at my childhood Girl Scout camp, learning to turn bossiness
1960 (summer). Nurses' aide (Candystriper) at Children's Hospital,
Akron, Ohio. Volunteer.
1958 - 1961. Chairside dental assistant and receptionist in my father's office, Akron, Ohio.
Learned office management, lots of dentistry,
and how to deal with all kinds of people.
1954 - 1966. Babysitting, all ages. Special emphasis on infants.
1951 - 1955. Infant and toddler cuddling at the Children's
Home, Akron, Ohio. Welcomed and trained
by the infants' matron to aid their understaffed caregivers. One special
success working with a traumatized, regressing two-year-old for several
weeks, encouraging him to resume eating and playing.
HOBBIES AND RECREATIONS
1978 - 1981. Carillon student with R. Hudson Ladd, University of Michigan Carillonneur.
1963 - . Folk guitar
1950 - . Classical piano.
1949 - . Choral singing.
1962-66 Oberlin Chapel Choir
Languages: French - speak, read, write (fluent)
Scots - speak, read, write (fluent)
German - speak, limited reading (elementary level)
Italian - speak, limited reading (elementary level)
African-American - speak, read, write (fluent)
Activities: reading, writing, gardening, bicycling, swimming,
sailing, skiing, hiking, construction, reading, yoga, camping, climbing,