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 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

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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Jumpstarting a New Habit and Kicking Your Unhealhty Thoughts

 

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Before I began my book writing project, I knew I needed a new mindset to deal with the anxiety, beat the first- time author fears, and balance other changes.  Receiving honest feedback about my new work helped me overcome the publishing challenges, stop overthinking, evolve as a professional, and unlock my creativity and true potential. A coach helped me actually do it, and this dramatically changed my well-being and career.

So, if you’re feeling alone and seeking to reignite the creative part of you but feeling stuck, you’re not alone.  I’ve been there. Not sure what your next big idea looks like? Are you tired of the fatigue that accompanies nearly every task? Are you overstressed with your daily routine and lacking confidence to pursue your passion?

Making a healthy change is a start, and coaching can help you kick  your unpleasant habits and thoughts to the curb. Coaching is also a powerful way to transform your performance and breakthrough blocks. 

Here are some of the common themes I coach:

Focusing on a new career path

Adding new work to your life

Becoming a first- time author

Learning to share your message and becoming a better promoter of your work

Breaking unhealhty patterns surrounding grief/ loss

Regainig momentum on a project

Helping you tap into your creative mind

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A Suprise and Delight

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Dear Friends,

I’m updating you with a few good things.

My Monday morning (August 30, 2021) started with a surprise and delight. An editor from Index, a publication of Medium, featured my piece, “Why I Broke Up With My 15- Year -Plus Corporate Career” in their Monday morning newsletter. I share how I created a successful career I love without having an M.B.A. degree. I’m already overwhelmed with joy from the initial feedback.

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And speaking of degrees, for those of you who aren’t going back to school, but desire to expand your knowledge, I’m recommending you

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A Season of Transforming Caregiving & Resilience

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During this season, resilience is on my mind. Recently, a close friend told me she admired how resilient I am. At first, her remarks caught me by surprise because I admire her so, and her words truly matter to me. I listened as she offered me beautiful thoughts about how I handled the challenges and losses in my life. And tears flowed, as I realized how important this conversation was for both of us.  When she asked how I increased resilience, I told her that it was modeled for me very early in my childhood. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, my paternal grandparents (photo above is of my paternal grandma) and mother were exceptional examples.

I also wrote about resilience for “Organic Spa”; in the piece I offer tips for reclaiming resilience .

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