Providing Grief Guidance & Support in Central Oregon


Good Grief Guidance offers an innovative approach in providing grief guidance, healing, and support in a safe and healing environment. We utilize a peer-support model for groups of people from all walks of life.

Good Grief Guidance has formalized and expanded its role within the Central Oregon community with the mission to provide grief guidance, healing, and support for teens and adults in Central Oregon. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, we can help a greater number of individuals heal and transform their grief. While adding value to many lives through connection and collaboration, Good Grief also aids in decreasing the isolation of grief and loss.


Grief: the Universal Issue We All Deal With

Grief is toxic. It can’t be digested and it is misery that we transmit to others if we don’t transform it. True healing of grief is a spiritual journey, but you don’t have to journey alone. Good Grief Guidance will help you restore your relationship with yourself, your well-being, and all significant people in your life.


Help Support Good Grief Guidance

We invite your support for our cause to alleviate the suffering of grief and loss. Your contributions, bequests, and gifts are tax-deductible and will go towards impacting the lives of many people.

Our Mission is Simple...

We provide our community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope. Since 2007, we have helped hundreds of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing. With a focus on behavioral health and recovery, we intend to increase our community outreach and provide a safe and supportive community that cultivates personal empowerment and well-being. 

"I'm blown away by this program..."

"Thank you so much for Good Grief Guidance, and for the adventure of the past four months!! (Darlene) is such an angel in this world and such an inspiration. I am beyond grateful that I had the opportunity to do this work with you. It has been a deeply profound experience. I'm blown away by this program that you have put together from the soil of your own experience and honored to have been able to experience it."

- SB

"I absolutely loved Good Grief"

“I just want to say that I absolutely loved Good Grief and that it helped me a lot. I was slightly hesitant going into it, but after the first class or two, I began to love it so much. I learned so much about myself and life. All the activities were fun and it was really a great experience to have a close bond like that with the other boys and with Darlene. I’m still so happy that I went ahead with it and appreciative of Darlene for teaching it.”

- Conner, 16

"...Undoubtedly among the best trauma, grief, addictions and PTSD therapies there is..."

"Good Grief Guidance is undoubtedly among the best trauma, grief, addictions and PTSD therapies there is or that I have ever heard of or experienced. Darlene is a master. Good Grief Guidance deals with the source of your denial, hurt, pain and trauma. By identifying and releasing our unresolved, buried and denied trauma and pain, and by identifying the CORE of our pain, it gives us a chance to grieve the layers and layers of hurt that we harbor. Then healing begins."

- Gerald K., Behavioral Specialist Consultant, Addiction Counselor & Interventionist

"The reasons for not pursuing dreams has now dissolved into a great sea of possibilities"

"This course appears to have opened a door to something totally unexpected. I didn’t expect to feel more trusting, more in touch with my inner guides, more creative, or more energized and excited about the future. And yet, this is exactly what has happened. Many years ago I stopped creating art, even though it had once been a profound tool for transformation. Now suddenly I’ve returned to this previously abandoned source of delight and insight. The reasons for not pursuing dreams has now dissolved into a great sea of possibilities."

- Jonna C., Art Therapist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor

"What a rare gift Darlene offers to our community"

"What a rare gift Darlene offers to our community in holding the space so we can explore the many losses we all experience at some point in our lives. Whether you are looking at the loss of a loved one, a relationship or lost dreams and paths not taken, you will find compassionate guidance with Darlene.... I am grateful to have been a part of this transformative experience and so appreciative of the wonderful connections I have made with others in the class."


"A priceless program"

"Good Grief’s cutting edge use of experiential, primary processes, guided imagery, weaving, journaling, poetry and myth writing, and meditation makes it a priceless program and a miracle in process for all who are able to attend."

- Gerald K., Behavioral Specialist Consultant, Addiction Counselor & Interventionist

Meet the Team

Meet our team of Good Grief Guides, all coming from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences with grief.

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