Maureen Desmond

CEO of M. Desmond Coaching and Consulting

About Maureen Desmond

 Hi, my name is Maureen and I’m here to help individuals and companies navigate grief and major life changes. My own journey is what brought me to this work. I lost my sister and my father in my twenties, and my mother in 2019. I’ve had a myriad of other life-changing events, including an aggressive cancer diagnosis. I know what it’s like to experience profound, life-changing loss. I understand how 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.
 The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James was instrumental to my healing process. I took the steps laid out in the book, and they had such a profound impact on me that I decided to get my certification to become a Grief Recovery Specialist. I’m excited to share the Grief Recovery Method with you. It’s an important journey towards grief recovery, both current and past. I provide one-to-one and group options. 
In addition to working with groups and individuals, I guide businesses in supporting employees who are grieving or undergoing a major life transition. The support I received from my workplace when I had cancer was phenomenal, setting a precedent that I would learn isn’t always the reality. It’s my mission to help HR and management better serve grieving employees. I also work with companies that are navigating major changes, such as layoffs or the death of a colleague.

I practice in the DMV area (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia), and also offer virtual coaching and consulting services, nationwide.