Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.
I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.
*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips.
This week’s interview is with grief and loss coach, Claire Gillenson. Claire’s list of major life challenges includes stage 4 bone cancer, the death of her beloved dog, years of infertility treatments, divorce, her mother’s suicide and her young daughter’s medical concerns. She has since found love again and thanks to her personal experiences has come to her work of walking alongside her clients as they journey through life’s transitions.
Skype was particularly grouchy the day we spoke, so I’m posting this as an audio file. Remember to right-click or control-click to download to your computer. Running time is 15 minutes.
Claire Chew Gillenson is a Life Transitions/Grief Coach based in Los Angeles, serving clients locally in Southern California and globally via Skype. Her work has been featured in Marie Claire, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, Body + Soul, and on Good Morning America. Claire brings an integrative approach to her life coaching, melding eastern and western philosophies with a focus on the whole of our being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Her proven methods help empower individuals to create their own joy and happiness while moving through life transitions. Claire specializes in sources of grief that are not part of mainstream conversations: pet loss, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, suicide and recovery. A published author, speaker and educator, she is the founder of Luxepets, and can be found at: