Welcome to Kristin Meekhof

Kristin's work has appeared in Organic Spa magazine, Huffington Post, Maria Shriver, The Shriver Report, Intent, The Elephant Journal, Psychology Today, ESME. She is honored to be a part of the book: Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy (Harper Elixir, March 2016). Kristin has been seen in USA Today, Reader's Digest, Inc., Redbook Magazine, Yahoo Health with Katie Couric, American Greetings, Success Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post LIVE, Refinery 29, US News & World Report, and Spirituality and Health Magazine podcast.

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The Book Club

Are you interested in having Kristin do a virtual visit to your home book club? Please complete the request form and you will be contacted about Kristin doing a visit via Google Hangouts.
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The Book: A Widow’s Guide to Healing

Available November 2015, A Widow's Guide to Healing: There is no magic formula for coping with all of the questions, the issues, and the grief following the loss of a husband...Buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million & Indie Bound.
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The Kristin Meekhof Blog

The Kristin Meekhof Blog will feature news and events of Kristin's pending book launch including launch videos and photo galleries. Be sure you subscribe to her newsletter and follow her social networks.

Our Team

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Kristin Meekhof

CEO & Founder

Kristin A. Meekhof  is a resilience and gratitude expert. Kristin is a speaker, writer, and author. She spoke at the 2017 Harvard Medical School's writing conference, and appeared at United Nations headquarters. Kristin was the key-note speaker at the 2016 Global Fund for Widows.

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College with a major in psychology. She completed the clinical Master in Social Work program at the University of Michigan, and is a licensed social worker. In 2007, when Kristin Meekhof was 33, her husband (a teacher and veteran) of four years was diagnosed with advanced adrenal cancer. Approximately eight weeks later, he died. They had no children together and she was very much alone in her grief.

Kristin wrote about the healing power of gratitude for the Live Happy book and is the co- author of the best- selling book "A Widow's Guide Healing". Read full biography...

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James Windell

Author

James Windell, M.A., parent trainer, family counselor and author, has specialized in work with children and their parents for 40 years. He is a court clinical psychologist with the Oakland County Circuit Court’s Psychological Clinic where he conducts group therapy with delinquent adolescents and runs the high-conflict post-divorce group ADEPT. In past years as a psychotherapist, he specialized in work with disruptive and oppositional children and teens.

Praise for the Book

Congratulations to you, Kristin, on the publication of your beautiful book A WIDOW’S GUIDE TO HEALING. Will help so many…

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Kristin Meekhof, who lost her husband at 33 years old, wrote a moving and thoughtful book about becoming a widow at such a young age. I feel a real connection with Kristin, and wish this book existed when I lost my husband Jay at 41.

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Clinical social worker Meekhof knows firsthand what it’s like to lose a loved one. Drawing from her own experiences and the stories of other widows, the author supplies a blueprint for navigating the legal system, coping with grief, and solo parenting. Meekhof addresses the roller-coaster ride of guilt and anger as well as handling in-laws and surviving the workplace. In sum, she reminds new widows that they are not alone, to go easy on themselves, and to reach out for help.

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This a very valuable and practical guide for any woman who has lost her husband due to an untimely death. Kristin Meekhof’s journey is both inspiring and courageous and something we can all learn from.

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I’m proud of Kristin Meekhof, who has written this inspiring and insightful book to help guide widows through their grief. This book is by an Architect of Change, for all of us who must deal with grief.

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This book is a valuable resource for people within the medical profession to better understand hospice, palliative care, and death from a family perspective. When death does occurs, this book can serve as a resource for providers as they guide widows and families through their grief.

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A New Direction + Work With Me

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As the holidays are in full swing for many, let us consider all the ways we can give to ourselves and others.  And I’m not just referring to material gifts. One of the most rewarding gifts we can nourish ourselves with is the gift of personal development- rather it be in the form of a reading a book, attending a yoga class, practicing meditation or engaging with someone you trust in a deep dive. For the winter season (December 2018 – February 2019), I am offering both individual coaching sessions and personal 1:1 two – day retreats. Continue Reading →

Considering A Career Change?

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If you are thinking about a side gig or career change, and perhaps you read my recent piece “5 Things to Consider When Making A Career Change” which “Psychology Today” listed as an “Essential Read” and you’re wondering what your next steps may look like, my “Finding Your Voice” two- day individual retreat can help guide you in creating a blueprint for your transition.

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Saying “YES” to Giving & “YES” to YOU

Photo: Kristin Meekhof

Photo: Kristin Meekhof

Shortly after my husband died I was in a local grocery at the check out counter and barely holding it together. I avoided all eye contact with the clerk. Then I heard her ask if I wanted to donate a $1 to a local food bank. For whatever reason it grabbed my attention.
I said “YES”.

At that moment something inside me lit up.

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