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: 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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Empowering & Equipping Women in Medicine & Female Entrepreneurs By Giving Back

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Giving comes in multiple forms. And attending events to support others is one way. Helping women at Michigan Medicine (the University of Michigan) with their commitment to breaking through boundaries to accelerate clinical care, education, and research to benefit women worldwide is one of my passions. I was delighted to attend the first annual Women’s Health Luncheon. Gathered together (on April 27, 2022) in Birmingham, Michigan with physicians, researchers, and supporters of diverse women’s health causes the event delivered inspiration, advocacy and empowerment. Mary Sue Coleman, first female President of the university explained the Women’s Health Innovatin Fund’s goal is to identify challenges facing women on a global level, discuss strategies to overcome these barriers, and support one another as we push for changes that can improve the lives of all women.

Photo Credit: Whole Planet/ Whole Foods Foundation

Photo Credit: Whole Planet/ Whole Foods Foundation

 

And over the past eight years, I’ve dedicated my energy and time to those who impact women across the globe who are living at or below the poverty level. A handful of years ago, I had the opportunity to deeply explore what is unique about the Whole Planet Foundation’s work which is dedicated to poverty alleviation, while empowering the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products.

In Harlem, I met women entrepreneurs, visited their business, and learned from them how a micro- finance loan directly impacted their small business. True micro-financing sustainable success for women demands a talented team. And this team is led by Joy Stoddard. Joy led the three day Harlem trip, complete with a service project (photo above). What I love about the foundation is that it not only empowers  entrepreneurs, mostly women, but it is fully transparent about their funding (all donations go directly to those they serve).

I’m honored to share I’m now a part of the Whole Planet’s Community Engagement Committee.

May the work of these charities inspire you!

 

 

Changing Your Narrative, Feeling Safe & Secure And A Free Guide -Download

 

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In April I delved deep into a handful of change making stories with some bright minds in business, entrepreneurship, entertainment and wellness. The conversations helped to design the pieces I wrote for “Psychology Today” and “Katie Couric Media”, shaped some of the intimate conversations I had with others, and assisted my clients in unlocking their unbounded potential.

As someone who experienced suffering related to an early loss (my father died in 1979 when I was two weeks shy of turning five), I can tell you one of the hardest things to do is foster a healthy story around my grief. And one thing I did for myself, and what I help others do is shape a narrative in such a way that promotes resilience and positive change. This doesn’t mean I don’t value  or speak the truth about loss. What I’ve found to benefit me and what others told me assists them in their healing is bringing a high level perspective to this issue, along with creating a meaningful story. It isn’t instant but personal profound growth and inner peace takes work.

Many people tell me a professional told them they have “Prolonged Grief”, and in my newest Psychology Today piece,  I share what it is and what to do. Also, delighted to say Psychology  Today listed it as an “Essential Read”.

Doing certain things post- loss can help you or someone you love feel safe and secure. Last month, I had the honor of being asked to write this piece for Katie Couric’s newsletter. It is a uniquie kind of check list to give you guidance for doing the right things after the loss of a loved one.

And this free resource guide, called “The Game Plan”  (offered by my publisher as a download) for helping you or your loved one post- loss is my way of thanking you for dropping into my website.

 

When and Why Grief Endures Beyond 12 Months

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In the most recent publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5-TR, the addition of “prolonged grief disorder” is now the focus of intense scrutiny because it carves out this disorder as a type of grief which goes beyond a year after a death / loss for adults and six months for children and adolescents. For multiple reasons, the medical community prefers to view grief and loss as something that can be completed within a short time frame. However, the very structure and nature of grief, with complex emotions and memories, isn’t time sensitive. I’ve found what compliments resilience and mental wellness isn’t a stop watch, but rather an understanding that grief can’t be folded neatly into a twelve month planner and seeking professional mental health help for grief is a testament to your depth of love. My Psychology Today piece about this was elevated by them to an “Essential Read”.