Welcome to Kristin Meekhof

Kristin's featured in CNN, Today (online), Katie Couric Media, Architectural Digest, Disney/ Pixar/ University of MI collaboration, Huffington Post, USA Today, Refinery 29, Yahoo Health with Katie Couric, American Greetings, The Chicago Tribune, Readers' Digest, Maria Shriver media, Psychology Today. Kristin is honored to contribute to the book: Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy (Harper Elixir). She is a licensed therapist, life coach, speaker and best- selling author.

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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 an author, life coach, writer and obtained her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience. A nationally recognized expert on resiliency and gratitude, her best-selling book, A Widow’s Guide to Healing, was inspired by her own personal experience with widowhood, grief, and healing. A Korean-American adoptee, she was left on the streets of Korea as an infant. She came to the US in 1974 and became a naturalized citizen. She is a life- coach with clients throughout the United States. As a confidential advisor, she privately works with some of the most influential people in media and politics. Kristin graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in psychology, and received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

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Jim Windell

Author

James Windell is an author, editor, and teacher. He is on the criminal justice faculties at Wayne State University and Oakland University. A former court clinical psychologist, parent trainer and family therapist, he writes books and plays along with teaching. He is the editor of The Michigan Psychologist and the author of 39 books. He writes a weekly blog for the Michigan Psychological Association. In 2015, his coauthored book with Kristin Meekhof (A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years) was published. His latest books include Cognitive Behavior Protocols for Medical Settings (Routledge, 2018), Who Shaped the American Criminal Justice System (Cognella, 2018), Juvenile Delinquency in American Society (Cognella, 2019). His next published book will come out in early 2022 and is entitled Juvenile Life Sentences: Justice Denied.

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Praise for the Book

With great appreciation for A Widow’s Guide to Healing which is spectacular!

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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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This is a book that should be essential reading for every woman struggling to make sense of life after the death of a husband. I recommend this book because it is highly accessible and will surely improve the lives of many widows and those who help widows.

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Expressive Writing Webinar (Free) Supported by Wounded Warrior Project for Veterans

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I’m honored to be able to participate in the Caregiver Community Connection webinar on January 13, at 4 PM/ Eastern. I’ll be giving an inspirational experience for caregivers to learn and practice gratitude journaling. Research shows expressive writing and practicing gratitude can help both the mind and body. This unique webinar will explore the benefits of practicing both gratitude and writing. This thoughtful interactive time will take you on a journey of nurturing and self- care. This link will allow you to register.

The Caregiver Community Connection is supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes program.

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Eight Mindful Tips for Coping With Grief During the Holidays

If you’re wrestling with loss this season and feeling blue, as a grief expert and author, I’m sharing eight mindful tips for coping with bereavement. What an honor to be able to write a piece for Katie Couric (she reached out to me directly) and I even asked Deepak Chopra, MD to share this words of wisdom as well. Here is a link to the piece.

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Eleven Tips for Caregivers

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During the month of November, I’m celebrating and honoring Family Caregivers Month. Shining a light on the often burdensome and thankless task of being a caregiver is part of my own journey, both with my (now late) husband and with my mother earlier this year. This week for Maria Shriver’s “The Sunday Paper” I wrote a piece on how caregivers can remain intact. We often hear that you can’t care for someone else without caring for yourself first. I offer eleven tips so you can fill up your cup and keep showing up. Here is the link to my piece