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2024 Understanding Traumatic Grief:

The Concept and Practice of Companioning Notes

2023 Grief in Body Presentation

2023 Conference Notes

2023 Conference Materials

Gloria Willcox

Pongo Poetry Project

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Jennifer R. Levin

2023 Conference Links

International Fascia Research Congress

Melt Method

The Nerve Tour

2023 Conference Book List

Dr. Rynearson:

Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis

The Restorative Nature of Ongoing Connections with the Deceased: Exploring Presence Within Absence

Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources

Retelling Violent Death


Goodbyes: The Many Faces of Grief Following A Traumatic Death

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide: A Book to Help You in Your Time of Need

A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing

Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After the Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One

Different after You: Rediscovering Yourself and Healing after Grief and Trauma

Too Much Loss: Coping with Grief Overload

Shattered Assumptions (Towards a New Psychology of Trauma)


The Same Life That Brings Pain Also Brings Joy

How to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve for Better Mental Health

Physical Impact of Grief:

The MELT Method

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Pressing Reset: Original Strength Reloaded

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Applying the Principles of Polyvagal Theory for Self-Discovery, Embodied Healing, and Meaningful Change

Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress

Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash Your Body’s Natural Ability to Heal

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism

Grief Recovery for Teens: Letting Go of Painful Emotions with Body-Based Practices

Body by Breath: The Science and Practice of Physical and Emotional Resilience

Self Care:

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Help for the Helper: Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in an Ever-Changing World

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

The unexpected death of a loved one changes everything. In the early weeks following a death, family members experience shock, anguish and a cascade of emotions as they face the tragedy of their loved one’s death.  In the immediate aftermath of loss, there is also an overwhelming number of professionals who require information only the family can provide Funeral planning and handling the affairs of a loved one, can feel overwhelming in the midst of grief.

In Snohomish County, there is help for families who have experienced such a loss. The Grief Companioning Project provides support in the time of need. Specially trained volunteers provide compassionate understanding and helpful information to individuals and families in the early stages of traumatic grief.

Companioning is a gentle form of peer support. Volunteers provide a safe space for processing the complexities of grief. The Companioning process fills in some of the natural gaps when support from family and friends begins to wane. As the shock of the death begins to lessen, loved ones are often left with a wide range of emotions, including guilt, loneliness, and anger. Having a safe place to talk about emotions can be very helpful and can lessen the heavy weight of grief. Companions provide time and space for grievers to process their grief and they also encourage people to attend grief support groups, as they become available.

The Companioning Project provides Grief Support Groups twice a year.  The groups are held in the spring and in the fall. These groups are 8 weeks long and are specifically for the grief that follows a sudden, traumatic loss. Each round of groups includes an in-person option in addition to a virtual group.

The Grief Companioning Project also provides annual training to First Responders, mental health practitioners, and to members of the community who are interested in learning more about sudden, traumatic grief. The next 2023 training, “Understanding Sudden Traumatic Grief” will be held in Lynnwood on Friday, November 3. You will find more information at our website at, and we can be reached at or 425-275-6605 for inquiries.