Welcome to M. Desmond Coaching and Consulting
We Are the Leading Northern Virginia Resource for Grief Coaching and Consulting
We all deserve to be acknowledged and supported, especially during a time of major change and loss. Yet many are not prepared and are uncomfortable with knowing what to do or say, when to say it, or how.
At M. Desmond Coaching and Consulting, our intention is to alleviate the discomfort and fear that accompanies change and loss. We support our clients and provide tools for them to navigate through loss and grief. Whether it’s 1-to-1’s, group, or corporate coaching, we offer a safe space for you to express your pain and move through stress, grief, and change.
Your Journey is Unique
You Are Not Alone
Finding support when going through major transitions or grieving can be overwhelming and frustrating at times. Friends and family are being as supportive as they can, but sometimes you need someone who understands and is specialized in this area of work. We offer a safe, compassionate environment in which to accompany you on your journey.
Dealing with transitions or loss is a personal journey but not one that you have to face alone. In individual, group or corporate sessions, we can work together to help you relieve your pain and learn how to deal with future changes and losses as well.
When employees experience significant life events, and feel overwhelmed, they often can’t perform at peak conditions, which is normal. Offer your employees the chance to talk to someone about their concerns and struggles. Corporate grief workshops help teams feel acknowledged and supported. And when supported, they tend to come back to work more quickly and more refreshed and productive, as well.
Grief shows up in different ways at different times. The healing truly begins when we find support, in the company we work for, in our community, in our family, even in people we hardly know, but who have been through loss themselves. Our coaching services yield healthy results, lasting change, and the assistance needed to help people thrive after grief and loss.
Discover A Variety of Programs
We provide individual coaching to help you navigate through your stress and sadness. As specialists in the Grief Recovery Method, an evidence-based program, we will help you work through unresolved grief and provide support through additional resources, to help you thrive.
Our corporate workshops for businesses offer content to equip leaders, management teams, and divisional teams with compassionate tools and resources, real-time applications, fundamental behaviors, and support that will resonate throughout your organization, especially during these times that call for humanity at its best. Our workshops for private support groups offer focus areas such as life after the loss of a family member, support for caretakers, life after divorce, what’s next after a long career layoff, and more.
While going through significant change and loss, we want your business to remain productive, focus on the business at hand, and keep with your supportive culture, while we take care of the sensitive things. Our services range from individual coaching to group workshops to communication support.
What Clients are Saying
I was introduced to Maureen through a friend after the sudden, unexpected death of my youngest brother at the end of 2019. I have lived through loss and grief in my life but was unprepared for anything like this experience. After making it through the initial shock in the first couple of months following my brother’s passing, I reached out to Maureen and began talking with her once a week. At the start it was uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and a bit awkward for me to try to express what I was living through and where I needed help. But through Maureen’s patience, and because of her genuine care and counsel, we created a bond that kept these conversations going. After the first month I found my looking forward to our weekly chats, and I began to lean on her guidance and expertise in how to handle what felt like an insurmountable event in my life. The relationship I now have with Maureen Desmond was one that kept me afloat through what has been one of the most challenging times in my life and am beyond grateful to have had her as a friend and confidant in my time of need.
We lost an employee in 2021. Our staff was devastated and we knew we needed to do more than provide a 1-800 number through EAP, for support. We were referred to Maureen through a client referral. He raved about the work she had done at other companies, so we quickly followed up. Maureen not only responded immediately, she provided some very personalized group and individual support sessions for us, around the holidays, and created a most beautiful Legacy Audio for our staff to share with our colleague’s family. That was an incredible gift. We were so touched by her work and her recommendations.
I was going through a few major life events all at once. Someone referred me to Maureen’s website and I connected with her words immediately. I’ve been working with her ever since. She’s navigated me through my journey to a place where I am looking forward to each and every day again.
Knowledgeable and Experienced Coaches
Why Choose Us
Grief is commonly associated with the death of a loved one, but it’s not limited to death. We also experience grief and loss over many other things, in both the workplace and at home. We offer a safe, compassionate environment in which employees and individuals can move forward after experiencing loss.
As Grief Recovery Specialists, we can provide corporate, individual, and group coaching to help our clients express their pain and move through their grief. You will get individual, personal, compassionate attention as you process your own grief.
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Grief is the normal and natural response to loss, so there is nothing wrong with grieving. Grievers don’t need to be fixed. They need to be listened to without analysis, criticism, or judgment. Just being with them at this time of need is important.
Grief is universal. All of us have experienced grief throughout our lives, as a result of many changes and losses. But we are not well prepared to really handle, manage or recover from the emotional impact, which result from these changes and losses.
Loss and grief bring up feelings that we may not understand; perhaps we have not experienced to this point and learning how to navigate through these feelings is so important. Here are a few simple ways to get started in your personal process.