About the Author
Bev began her work as an elementary school teacher primarily in
grade three. She also taught junior and senior high school.
Although she loved being with the kids and teaching them, she
felt a strong calling to go into the field of counseling. Thus
began her many years of training to be certified as a counselor.
Bev was certified as a Pastoral Counseling Specialist in 1998
with the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and
Education. (PCE Specialist/CAPPE)
She had previously achieved an advanced level in the same
organization in the field of pastoral care. (CPE Advanced
For many years Bev has contracted as a therapist to folks of all
ages in individual, family and marriage counseling. Although Bev
counsels people from many walks of life through many different
issues, she has a unique interest and expertise in journeying
with folks who are grieving.
Her interest in the grieving process was born through her own
grieving experiences. Bev is no stranger to the grieving process
as she has experienced loss in many different ways.
She lost a child in the womb through miscarriage and has a
special needs son born with Down Syndrome (which is a loss of its
own). She has also experienced deep loss through the death of her
daughter. Along with these losses she has experienced the losses
of other dear relatives and friends.
Her personal journey with grief and the healing process has given
Bev a unique viewpoint for gently guiding others in their
This is enhanced by the shared journeys of those she counsels as
well as her grieving friends. Bev served as a hospital chaplain
in her residency and other training where she was met with many
types of grief and loss. It is from this place that she shares in
her writing and her work.
Along with her work with grieving clients in her practice, Bev
set up a website for grieving people and sends out monthly grief
connection letter to hundreds of grieving people free of charge.
This can be accessed through her sites:
www.copewithgrieving.com and www.grievingpoems.com
Bev continues to write in the area of grieving and sells both of
her recent books on line as e-books. She is currently working on
a book on miscarriage, which will be out in afew months. At that
time, this new book will be announced in her monthly grief
Along with her work with grief, Bev teaches as an adjunct faculty
at a college in the area of counseling and psychology. She has
taught and supervised "Stephen Ministries" as well as worked with
youth within the church.
Bev has worked many years with men and women dealing with family
violence. Most of this time was spent as a co-therapist for a
men's group as well as working with individuals and couples in
counseling. She has facilitated many different types of groups.
She especially enjoys facilitating groups.
Bev has just completed the course work to become a Diaconal
Minister within the Lutheran Church where she will continue her
work with people dealing with pain and loss.
Bev plans to move into spiritual direction in the near future.
Additionally, she plans to expand her ministry to grieving people
by being open to accepting more frequent public speaking
engagements, as well as leading workshops in the area of
Please contact Bev to make arrangements or for more
information. (Her email address can be found in each issue of
the free monthly grief connection letter.)
On a more personal note, Bev loves to spend time with her family.
She simply loves her dual role as a parent to their special needs
son and their adopted daughter. Their favorite family activity
Bev is caring, soulful and present in her ministry. As she says
in the forward of her book...she hopes her writing and ministry
will be a comfort, company and hope to people, who are grieving
in such difficult times.
She wants to help people to be present to their grieving process
so that they can heal and find a way to dance...in amongst their
People who know Bev find her to be down to earth, authentic and
easy to be with. She loves the outdoors, camping, music, sports
and people. Her faith in God is at the centre of her being and it
is from there that she chooses to minister and live.
It is her deepest desire that people around her know that they
are loved and that there is a hope and a future in their lives
even midst deep loss.
Contact Information for Bev Swanson:
Click Here for Back Cover of the Print Version
(Bev's email address can be found in any copy of her free monthly
grief connection letter)
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