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I will never forget sitting next to my mother’s bedside as she was taking her last breaths.  It was an out-of-body, shocking, and life-altering experience.  I felt honored to hold space for my mom with deep love and respect as she passed on.  

At the time of her death, I was quite dazed and confused about a lot of things, but one thing I knew for sure was that the death of my mother would change me forever.  

One of the bigger transformations that occurred for me after my mom died was that I knew I could not walk this path of grief alone. I needed my therapist, family, and friends to help me heal this gaping hole.  And boy oh boy, do I wish that I had known our guest today on the Cracking Open podcast.  

Karen K. Moon, LCSW is a psychotherapist who specializes in grief and loss, and has over thirty years of experience working with individuals, families, and organizations. 

She counseled employees affected by the Oklahoma City bombing and the Columbine shootings and provided numerous bereavement groups for employees and families affected by 9/11.  These days she is based in Wayne, PA where she has a private practice. 

Karen served on the Board of Directors at Peter’s Place, Center for Grieving Children and Families for 14 years and is a co-founder and facilitator of a weekly adolescent girls therapy group (Safe Space for Girls). She often speaks at businesses and schools on current mental health topics and recently appeared on Kelly Corrigan’s Wonders podcast.

Karen has all the degrees, experience, and wisdom that one would want to help them with their grief. But her true gift is her open heart and calming spirit which allows you to show up with your ugly cries,  memories of your loved ones, and an endless amount of hope that you will survive this loss – whether it is death, divorce, or even sending your kid off to college. 

Regardless of whether you are currently in a state of grief or not, today’s episode will give you loads of tools on how to be present and loving to yourself the next time grief comes into your life.

Learn more about Karen Moon here 

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