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Passages…through grief  History

The Passages...through grief Program evolved out of many years of working with grieving people struggling to recover after various types of losses.  We have listened to their journeys, recognized their struggles and strengths, learned what is helpful and hurtful, and admired their courage. 


We have been blessed to have the education and knowledge to add to these learnings, and develop a program that serves to guide grievers through healing.


We offer curriculum for grief recovery workshops, professional training on grief from significant life losses, compassion cards, and "doing grief" kits.  These products and educational tools provide safe and effective ways of caring.

Mission Statement
Passages…through grief provides opportunities to learn about the grief process, develop skills for healing, and complete what is unfinished within a respectful and supportive environment.
The Creators and Trainers
Mary Ann Lippincott, Ph.D.


Licensed Clinical Psychologist (VA); Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors; American Association of Marital and Family Therapists (Clinical Member); National Certified Counselor.  Mary Ann has worked with grieving people as a counselor and psychotherapist since 1978 and began the group forerunner of Passages...through grief  ​in 2000.

Susan H. Williams, BSW, C-GC

Bachelor of Social Work; Certified Grief Counselor; coordinator and facilitator of Compassionate Friends of Central Virginia (10 years); Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Counselor (10 years). Susan has worked with grieving people as a counselor both individually and in groups since 1991. She began serving as a leader of Passages...through grief  in 2006.

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