ADDRESS: 70 Garden Court, Suite 201 • Monterey, CA 93940
Cell: (831) 320-1188 | Office: (831) 657-9149
Email: papillon@papillon-center.org

Office Hours: Mon - Thursday 10am to 1pm

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

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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

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.

GILDA MONTESINO

Board Chair

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

- Winnie the Pooh

Sally Shea

Board Member  

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

 

JULIE COOPER ALTMAN,

LCSW, PH.D.e

Recognizing our shared humanity and our biological nature as beings whose happiness is dependent on others, we learn to open our hearts, and in so doing we gain a sense of purpose and a sense of connection with those around us.

- Dalai Lama

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

NANCY OTIS,

Facilitator Trainer, Dougy Center

What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

 

- Helen Keller

PAMELA ROGERS,

LCSW

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

- Will Rogers

BRIAN WAINWRIGHT,

LMFT

Though the ones we love no longer walk alongside us in this world, their stories live on through us and through our tellings of who they are. 

 

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.