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Laura Lawrence Wilcock, CPLC

Founder | North Star International

NYC, NY and Darien/Rowayton CT


As a Certified Life and Grief Coach, allow me to take the journey with you to move forward through grief and find hope in the storm. You may be grieving the loss of a loved one, grieving the loss of a job, or perhaps grieving other losses in this Covid-19 universal detour. You're not alone. There are over 40 different types of emotions which can bring on feelings of grief. Together we will walk through your grief journey as you choose to move forward and live your best life.


If you are representing a company and you would like to know more about Grief in the Workplace, it would be an honor to work with your company. Taking steps to ensure your employees are well taken care of, both personally and professionally, is a win-win. You will reap the benefits of a well thought-out yet flexible plan, as everyone moves forward. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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MUrgel – Partnering to Navigate Life Transitions 

Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada


Michelle Gilchrist of MUrgel is an authentic and courageous trust partner – for those experiencing personal loss and grief; and for organizations that value people first through a culture of caring and compassion when death and unexpected events find their way into the workplace.


Personal lived experiences to navigate the twists and turns of grief through profound loss ignites Michelle to use these learnings in service to others. Professional accreditations and daily practice as a certified Grief Coach (International Coach Federation) and certified Sacred Passage End of Life Doula (Conscious Dying Institute), enables Michelle to take a comforting approach for clients to become engaged, enlightened and emboldened to move themselves forward in ways they never thought possible. Michelle is a champion for holding her clients capable to heal from within.


In the corporate environment, Michelle has experienced firsthand the complexities that leaders and organizations face when unexpected events, like death, impact people and productivity.


Compiled in a library of professional expertise is dual credentialing as a Certified Executive Coach and a Workplace Grief Coach (International Coach Federation), acumen in strategic planning, human resources and leadership development applied across a professional inventory that spans healthcare, financial services, various legal disciplines, federal and regional government, insurance and media, as well as entrepreneurial sole proprietorship and non-profit community based organizations.


MUrgel will partner with you to dig deep, stretch beyond traditional ways of thinking and being, to move beyond a corporate desire to do better towards actioning we will do better. Together we would create and implement a compassionate and caring strategy that aligns your corporate values with leading practice policies, Workplace Grief training and supports for formal leaders, teams and individuals.


If you seek caring, compassion and competence, contact Michelle at MUrgel for a complimentary consultation.  Join our global virtual community, where no borders exist.

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Demetress Harrell

Lufkin, Texas


For more than 30 years this impeccable leader has been cultivating initiatives to empower those faced with grief and end of life care. As a hospice CEO for more than 27 years as well as an international speaker, Demetress has made a major impact the lives of others through her compassionate spirit and unselfish attributes. This Certified Grief Coach has multiple accolades from the distinguished Athena Award to the End of Life Champions Award yet her humbling persona remains amazing. 


Demetress serves on many Board, Committees and platforms here are a few of those: National Hospice and Palliative Care CEO steering committee, Texas New Mexico Hospice Board, Texas Non-Profit Alliance Board, Rotary District Governor Nominee Catholic Health Initiatives Hospital Board of Directors and the Texas Association of Homecare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforce, just to name a few of her vast commitments. Demetress has also written several books on grief much of which are devoted to children’s grief. Demetress is a remarkable individual and hopes you will make an investment in helping your workplace through her Coaching profession.  

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Ashley Gooden-Stewart

La Marque, Texas


Ashley Gooden-Stewart is the founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization, Certified Grief Coach, and Pregnancy & Infant Loss advocate. As a philanthropist, Ashley works hard daily to serve her local community. Ashley is also the proud mother of three children and a devoted wife. After the traumatic loss of her firstborn son CJ Stewart in 2015, Ashley has been at the forefront of Pregnancy and Infant Loss and dedicated to helping people on their grief journey . Ashley founded The Baby Stewart Foundation to commemorate CJ and to provide healing & resources to families. With personal experience and training, Ashley is suitable to be your Grief Coach and Grief Companion. Allow Ashley to go through this journey with you because you need not walk alone.


“I’ve been there. I am here for you. Let’s go through the process together.”