Grief & Healing

“Death ends a life but not a relationship” – Morrie Schwartz

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Dr. Sandi


Dr. Sandi Howlett is a Grief Specialist and has worked with Hansen Mortuaries since 2005.  She has both extensive experience and expertise in loss, grief and healing work.

Grief is a normal response to significant loss.  Though it feels far from ‘normal’ for most people, it is both natural and intentional.   While everyone has the ability to heal, it is also hard work.   Time is one factor yet time alone does not heal a broken heart.   Grief needs to be witnessed and validated.
“Grief is love with no place to go” (Jamie Anderson).  Learn new and healthy ways to channel your grief to honor your loved one and help yourself.

Dr. Sandi works with clients in-person at both Hansen locations and by telephone.   She also serves those who are grieving the loss of their pet.

You can watch her video series, “A Word from Dr. Sandi”, here.  These short videos highlight some of the many facets of grief.  We will continue to add to this library of the varied ways grief can impact life.

Please contact Dr. Sandi if you need some extra support or a caring listener.

Dr. Sandi Howlett
480.502.2123 or 480.992.5800
[email protected]

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Online Grief Resources

AARP Grief & Loss: a collection of resources and an on-line support community.

WidowNet: an information and support resource for, and by, widows and widowers.

For Parents

National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center: provides research, education, and support for families dealing with SIDS.

Bereaved Parents USA: a nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families.

Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents: offers understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship, and hope to all parents who are struggling with grief.

The Compassionate Friends: supports families who have experienced the death of a child.

SHARE Pregnancy & and Infant Loss Support: provides support to those mourning the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death.

For Children

National Alliance for Grieving Children: raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education resources for anyone who supports them.

New Song Center for Grieving Children: A Hospice of the Valley program which offers comprehensive grief support for children, teens, young adults, and their caregivers.

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S.T.A.R. Program

Along with the support groups and resources, Hansen Mortuaries and Cemetery also provides the S.T.A.R PROGRAM. S.T.A.R. is another resource for children 5-12 years old. It provides education and support for children on the day of the service. This program provides the tools for children to create a Special Time to Always Remember a loved one. You can ask your Director for more information.