Our Founder

Sandy Lipkus, M.S.W., B.Ed

Director and Founder of ShareGrief
Sandy Lipkus

Director and founder of ShareGrief.com. Sandy specializes in grief counseling, education and training for professionals, volunteers and organizations.


For the past ten years, Sandy has specialized in counseling, training and education in the field of loss and bereavement. She has worked with the bereaved of all ages both individually and in groups. Presently, she coordinates the bereavement program for Hope & Cope, a hospital based volunteer program offering support and resources for families with a cancer diagnosis, and is a sessional instructor at the McGill University School of Social Work in Montreal, Canada.

Membership in Educational / Professional Organizations:
Sandy is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists.

Workshops, Presentations and Educational Seminars:
"Healing the Grieving Child" (2004): A three day workshop seminar for educators and community workers for the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council in the Native Ojibway community in Northern Ontario, Canada.

"Good Grief" (2004): A workshop designed for volunteer caregivers who are anticipating the loss of a loved one as well as finding ways to cope with their own losses.

"Grief and the Role of the Volunteer" (2004): Guest presenter at the McGill Palliative Volunteer Training Program, addressing the issue of grief and loss for the patient and family.

"Bereavement and Anticipatory Loss Retreat" (2004): The retreat was designed to offer skills and techniques to volunteers working with patients and families in palliative care and bereavement.

"Facilitator Training Workshop" (2004): A training working shop for volunteers interested in facilitating support groups for those living with life-threatening illness and/or the bereaved.

"Anticipating the Death of a Resident" (2001): West Montreal Readaptation Center, a residence for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Montreal, Canada.

"Creativity and Grief with Adolescents" (2001): Presenter at the 5th National Symposium on Children's Grief Support, Portland, Maine.

"Coping Strategies for Families and Friends of Young Adults with Cancer" (2001): Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada.

"Facilitator-in-training and Educational Program" (2000): For families and consumers with schizophrenia. Ami Quebec (Alliance for the Mentally Ill), Montreal, Canada.

"Assisting Clients with Anticipating Death and Bereavement Issues" (2000): Montreal Institute for the Blind.

"Care for the Caregiver," (1999): Contributor to a study at Sixth Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Geneva, Switzerland.

"Preparing for and Responding to Death in a Residential Setting" (1999): West Montreal Readaptation Center, a residence for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Montreal, Canada.

"Siblings: The Forgotten Mourners," (1997): Presenter at the Association for Death Education Conference (ADEC); Washington, D.C.

Provided grief counseling via Video Teleconferencing between McGill University in Montreal and the Holland Center in Quebec City (Canada).

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