Grief is a universal experience…
but nobody is given a compass to help navigate. Writing our Grief Stories is a healing, heart opening exploration that guides us into a shared place of surprise and discovery. Reading our stories to each other in a safe, nurturing group creates a Sacred Circle. By writing our Grief Stories and sharing them, we are no longer alone.
When the person you love is gone, you truly begin a Hero’s Journey. You didn’t ask for your world to change, but you had no choice. You had to learn how to navigate it.
I know all about this journey. My husband Jim died unexpectedly in my arms when I was thirty-six years old. At first I didn’t think I would survive – but loving him, losing him and grieving him expanded my heart and my life in so many ways. I have always wanted to write this story and share the experience.
I wanted to help more people than I could in my therapy practice, so I joined a writing workshop and began to tell my story with the goal of one day writing a book. I learned to harness the power of grief and my unique experience into a series of compelling, relatable stories that two years later became my book You are Not Alone, A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope.
“….and I placed my grief in the mouth of language, the only thing that would grieve with me.”
— poet Lisell Mueller | When I am Asked
Writing not only continued my healing process, but has helped the many who have read my book, and who are reaching out to me wanting to share their stories of grief.
Now I invite you to join me and the woman who helped me write my story – writing workshop teacher Laura Lentz – in an intimate group of writers online to write your grief story.
“Learning to harness the power of grief
can turn the details of our grief experience
into compelling stories.”
— Debbie Augenthaler
“I believe we are all connected.
No one should feel alone in their grief, their sorrow,
their hope, their healing, their transformation.”
— Debbie Augenthaler
Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC
Debbie is an author and psychotherapist in private practice in New York City specializing in trauma, grief and loss. Debbie’s award-winning book, You Are Not Alone is the book she wishes she’d had when she was grieving her husband. The book combines her personal story of devastating loss with practical insights and simple suggestions for healing. Debbie is now able to offer You Are Not Alone to her clients and everyone experiencing life-altering losses. With the connection of a shared experience, Debbie guides the reader through grief to transformation and a new beginning.
Debbie has the unique gifts of being able to hold space for each of us to experience grief in our own way and time, because grief is not linear. Her experience as an author, therapist and a woman who has transformed her own grief make Debbie an ideal workshop leader to guide you through the layers of grief – and to offer you the freedom to discover your own spiritual awakening and connection with forever love.
Debbie has an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She completed a two-year post-graduate Advanced Trauma Studies program from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. In 2012 she received the NYU Steinhardt Award for Outstanding Clinical Service.
Laura Lentz is a master writing teacher, author and developmental editor. She has taught themed creative writing workshops for over a decade to artists all over the world in intimate online groups and on Kauai’s north shore.
Her workbook Story-Quest, Make your story a Hero’s Journey will be released in the Fall of 2019.
Laura helps writers expand their body of work by offering challenging and thought-provoking exercises inspired by poetry, science, music and excerpts from literature. Intimate groups of experienced writers from all over the world gather in small online groups for live, engaging workshops that are announced privately through her mailing list at literati.academy