Compassion and Care While Navigating Loss, Death, and Transformation.
I was a Grief Counselor at The Children’s Room in Arlington, Mass. for more than 10 years, providing grief support services for families and children. As a volunteer, I served as a peer support leader for parents grieving the loss of a spouse while still raising young children. I have also attended multiple training sessions and workshops directed by The Children’s Room on issues related to grief and loss.
In January of 2015, I earned a Certification in Thanatology from the National Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). The certification creates a standard for thanatology practice, while helping professionals develop and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge of issues related to death, dying and bereavement. Through ADEC, I have completed significant course work and training.
I maintain a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts where I support people who have suffered a loss or are working on issues around end-of-life. Additionally, I am the Bereavement Specialist on staff at "A Centered Self" in Andover, Massachusetts.
Sairey Luterman, Certified Thanatologist (CT)
How Can Grief Counseling Help Me?
The modern world is not friendly to those who have suffered loss. We are told that we make others uncomfortable in our sadness, that there is a timeline that we must follow, that there are right and wrong ways to remember our loved ones. Our work together will be free of those expectations.
I am a Certified Thanatologist (the study of death in life) with over 10 years of experience supporting people while they grieve. I am a practitioner whose experience has taught me that the organic and transformative process of grief can best be met with compassionate support and a listening and reflective ear.
Our time together will be centered around helping you find the most comforting and comfortable ways to honor and remember your loved one, and to move forward into a life that has been transformed by grief. I can offer my support on particularly difficult days that may include birthdays, wedding anniversaries, anniversaries of death, and days of diagnosis. Our work will initially start in my office, but if other activities, such as walking, cooking, visiting special places, attending events, candle lighting, or just sitting at your kitchen table are most natural to your healing, then I will be honored to join you in those spaces.
I provide Grief Counseling for: • Individuals and Couples • Children and Adolescents • Family (including extended family sessions) • Peer support groups that include spousal and partner, child, and parent loss, among others • Members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all cultural and religious communities
Grieving is a wholly natural process, and it can be a rigorous and exhausting one. When we grieve, we do not need to be fixed, but we do need empathy and support. Come, let me walk with you on your journey.