Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS is a bereaved parent and child, a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, and a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She is the author of Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna?, Footsteps Through the Valley, Touchstones andIf I Could Just See Hope. She co-authored A Place For Me: A Healing Journey for Grieving Kids, Footsteps Through Grief,The Other Side of Griefand Finding Your Way Through Grief with her daughter, Alicia Sims Franklin. She co-authored The Crying Handbook,In the Midst of Caregiving,and Exploring the Heart, Soul, and Challenges of Caregiving for Professionals with Dr. Robert Baugher. She also wrote and produced the videos Handling the Holidays and What Color is Dead: Death From A Child’s View as well as authored numerous chapters in professional books and textbooks. Darcie is featured in the award-winning video series “Good Grief” produced by Iowa Public Television and has been featured in several other videos as well. She has written 6 Care Notes for Abbey Press.
She is an internationally recognized speaker and was Coping Editor for Bereavement magazine for 15 years. She now writes for Grief Digest. She served on the national board of directors for The Compassionate Friends, the national board of directors for the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the board of trustees for the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Darcie received The Compassionate Friends Professional Award in 1999. She co-chaired the 1991,1996 and 2005 World Gathering on Bereavement, and keynoted at all 4 World Gatherings.
Darcie is president and co-founder of GRIEF, Inc. a grief consulting business and the Director of the American Grief Academy® in Seattle, Washington. She is the Director of Training and Certification for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors®. She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor (APA), a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association, a Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy and is listed in Who’s Who in America,The World Who’s Who of Women and The International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women.