About Darcie

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.

She can be contacted at darcie@griefinc.com  or by calling (253) 949-0649.  Visit her website at www.GriefInc.com.


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