ABOUT

Papillon Center for Loss & Transition is dedicated to building healthier communities by providing professionally led, compassionate services for individuals, families and children experiencing loss and transition.

 

Losing someone you love can be devastating. You may feel overwhelmed, addled with “grief brain”, isolated. Friends and family offer support but may not know what to say or do, or may be experiencing their own grief.

 

In our groups, you will meet others who are experiencing similar emotions and coping in a variety of ways, people who are working to grieve in a healthy, resilient way. Every grief experience is different, but you are not in this alone.

TEAM

 
 

FOUNDERS

HELEN GRADY, MA, MFT, MBA

Founder/Facilitator/Board Member

Marriage & Family Therapist

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

- Lao Tzu

JOY SMITH, RN, MSN

Founder/Facilitator/Board Member  

Oncology & Palliative Nurse Educator

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. 


- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

 

BOARD

HELEN GRADY, MA, MFT, MBA

Founder/Facilitator/Board Member

Marriage & Family Therapist

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

- Lao Tzu

CAROL GREENWALD

Board Member  

MIKE MOMBOISSE

Board Member​

Formerly CFO and EVP of a national environmental consulting company, as EVP of an early stage venture capital firm, and as a Partner in the Corporate Department of a boutique Silicon Valley Law firm.

Our grief is as individual as our lives.


- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

Sally Shea

Board Member  

Grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul. Contrary to our fears, grief is suffused with life force.

- Francis Weller 

JOY SMITH, RN, MSN

Founder/Facilitator/Board Member  

Oncology & Palliative Nurse Educator

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. 


- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

 

YVONNE RICKETTS

Executive Director

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow..

- Mary Anne Radmacher

STAFF

CAROL MEISEL

Program Director

The trouble is, you think you have time.

- Buddha

KEROLOS ISTAFANOUS

Administrative Assistant

The sun will rise, and we will try again.

- Twenty One Pilots

 

FACILITATORS

ZOSIA CHCIUK,

RNC-NIC, MSN, IBCLC, ANLC

Each new life, no matter how brief, forever changes the world. 

 

- Unknown.

KEVIN GLENN,

Registered Associate PCC

Within the pain and suffering of grieving the loss of a loved one, there exists new dimensions of life, love, and connection.

- Daisaku Ikeda 

LISA HANDLEY

SoulCollage® facilitator

  Love recognizes no barriers.

It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls

to arrive at its destination

full of hope.

- Maya Angelou

MIRIAM LITTLE,

M.S., LMFT

Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

- Jamie Anderson

Emily Nicholl,

MSW, LCSW

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?  Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

- Mary Oliver

FACILITY

Our facility includes meeting rooms that are warm, welcoming places furnished to encourage comfort and provide a safe, confidential place to discuss your loss.


You’ll also find our offices and The Madison Rose Memorial Library and Bookstore, where you’ll find small gifts and books relating to grief. 

We are on the second floor and the building is accessible. Feel free to come by any time during office hours.

 

Cell: (831) 320-1188 

 

Email: papillon@papillon-center.org

© 2019 by Papillon. A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization

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