No two people grieve the same. Give your loss special care with personal grief support.

Imagine having someone sit with you in your grief, who acknowledges all its parts, and validates how you feel. Someone who's been there and can gently guide you through so you don't have to be completely alone.
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Having person guidance helps you:

Grief gone unnoticed causes more pain:

Sadly, we cannot change what has happened. That’s why it’s important for you to develop ways to cope with it. Loss that isn’t addressed becomes more overwhelming and risks:

As your grief guide, and someone who understands loss, you can have me walk alongside you. We’ll softly carry the hard pieces of grief. You’ll get to talk about your person, be supported in this new life without them, and receive the loving comfort you deserve.

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Things we might focus on:

Grief Guide Sessions are personalized for you. Additionally, common topics are:

I'm Ashley, and I'm no stranger to grief and helping gentle hearts like you.

Condolences are nice, but they don’t make you feel better. I experienced this repeatedly through a series of losses: when my soulmate died, when my aunt and uncle died, and later, through the loss of my second soulmate, grandparents, and friends. Grief and l are well acquainted.

Hi, I'm Ashley . . .

And I'm no stranger to grief and helping gentle hearts like yours.

Condolences are nice, but they don’t make you feel better. I experienced this repeatedly through a series of losses: when my soulmate died, when my aunt and uncle died, and later, through the loss of my second soulmate, grandparents, and friends. Grief and l are well acquainted.

What I noticed from my experiences and talking to hundreds of grievers is that most people don’t know how to support someone grieving. This isn’t on purpose, I believe. It’s because we don’t speak about grief. But sadly, this means grievers don’t get to have honest conversations about life after loss. 

That’s why I’m offering to be your grief guide. You’ll have me as a skilled person of comfort who can help you gain some ease and clarity. I’m here for you. 

Let’s walk this road together.

Ashley Olivia Nelson Signature

How does it work?

Let’s keep it simple:

STEP ONE:

Book your free call with me. You can ask me questions and gain information to see if you’d like us to work together.

STEP TWO:

You decide to book your first grief guide session and choose a time that fits with your schedule.

STEP THREE:

We work together and you gradually feel supported, understood, gain clarity, and learn how to cope and carry your loss.

FAQs

Most frequently asked questions with answers

Before we have any grief guide sessions, you and I will have a 15-minute phone or video conversation. This is at no cost to you and you’re welcome to ask questions.  

I believe it is necessary for you to feel comfortable with anyone providing you grief support, and I want to ensure I can offer what you need. This conversation allows us to determine if we’d be a good fit or for me to possibly point you in the right direction if you need a different option. 

*Special note: This 15-minute conversation is not a grief guide session. It is only used to gain information and determine fit. Please note: I am unable to service people under the age of 18 at this time.

You will be sent a secure and unrecorded video link. No sessions are held in-person at this time.

Session length: Each session is 60 minutes.

Should you need additional support, I offer a 10-minute check-in outside of your normal session for particularly distressing weeks. For example: if you have a session on Tuesday and would like a check-in call on Friday on your loved one’s birthday.

How long we’ll work together is determined by you. I recommend that grievers have at least a two- to three-month commitment. Consistency and continuous support proves to be the most helpful. However, if you’d like to work together for a shorter or longer timeframe, you’re welcome to. Grief doesn’t have a timeline and I’m here to support you as needed.

Payments must be made prior to us meeting for your grief guide session. An appointment that isn’t cancelled 24 hours before the session’s time risks being forfeited without rescheduling. 

I do understand that unforeseen circumstances happen and that sometimes, you may not feel up to having your already scheduled appointment. I allow each person to have one no-penalty cancellation. This means should you cancel an appointment, it will not count against you and you are welcome to reschedule.

All other cancellations are addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Mental health professionals such as therapists and counselors are helpful for when grief creates complex levels of loss or has a deeper psychological impact. For example, if you’re battling suicidal thoughts, unmanageable levels of anxiety and depression, or trauma.

Grief coaches are for when you’ve hurdled the hardest parts of loss. When you’re ready to build a life plan and need a cheerleader to encourage you.

Grief guides focus on the day to day, often moment by moment, living. It’s the experiences you have that others “can’t imagine” that we give attention to. As your grief guide, we can talk about the guilt and pain, the tears during car rides, or how your loss feels forgotten by friends and family. We focus on the rubble and hard parts of surviving someone’s death.

Because I started this journey like you—by being a griever, my sensitivity goes beyond learned material and training. It comes from real-life experience and wanting to help you survive. 

When you have someone who “gets it” that supports you, you gain comfort, ease, and mental peace. Should you later want to talk about what a reimagined future may look like, we can discuss this too.

Sessions are on a sliding fee scale of $85 – $130 USD.

If you’ve read my story, you know that I understand loss often impacts our finances. Therefore, I reserve a limited amount of spots on a sliding fee scale for those who need assistance. Reasons for this may include (but aren’t limited to) having financial hardship because of major life changes or if you’re a college student. Please indicate this when booking your call. I’m happy to help when I can.

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