Our mission is to foster resilience and eliminate the stigma associated with grief and trauma through the dissemination of evidence based cross-cultural research and the rebuilding of community support systems, freeing Survivors (like yourself perhaps) from merely existing in the shadows of debilitating pain, isolation, and guilt by helping them regain the desire to live again as a means of honoring their lost loved one.
I'm Ed Preston, founder of The Grief & Trauma Resource Center, an online directory created to provide more accurate information to the general public about grief and trauma, as well as online training in the best practices for offering help and support to the people around us who are in crisis.
Touched by grief at an early age, I spent my most of my 20’s and early 30’s either running away from my grief, trying to numb the pain, or desperately looking for solutions. From psychotherapy to hypnotherapy, and from Christian churches to shamanic ceremonies, I literally tried everything in my quest to understand and heal.
By the age of 45 that journey to heal myself had led me to helping others. I had become a meditation teacher, life coach and the co-founder of a very successful retreat company with programs in Sedona, AZ and Maui, HI. But I kept coming back to grief, because it kept coming back to me, and eventually my passion to change cultural attitudes about bereavement lead me to focus all of my efforts in this area.
I also realized there was a desperate need for better certification programs to train individuals and organizations, since most grief and trauma support in the United States is done in peer-to-peer groups that are not led by licensed therapists. From that decades-long journey through incredible sorrows and back to profound joy again, The Grief & Trauma Resource Center was born.
Ed Preston - Founder