Shea Darian, M.Div.

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Shea Darian is an award-winning author, family & grief educator and spiritual care provider.

Shea’s new book, Doing Grief in Real Life, will change the way you grieve, heal, and live. One college student says it’s “one of the most useful things I’ve ever learned in all my years of going to school.” Doing Grief in Real Life is inspiring, uplifting, and life-changing. Read it and become your own best grief expert.

“It is a rare gift to be able to teach with inspiration and levity through the written word, and Darian does so flawlessly.”

Blythe Rowan, Lilipoh Magazine

Nautilus & IPPY Book Awards Winner

Nautilus Book Award

Living Passages for the Whole Family by Shea Darian Front Cover

Foreword Book of the Year Award

Sanctuaries of Childhood by Shea Darian Front Cover

I believe Living Passages is destined to breathe healing life into the world long after all of us have moved on to other realms – it is just that powerful.

Nancy Parsons, former owner of Waldorfbooks

For such a ritually starved people as ourselves, (Living Passages) is a masterpiece. Shea is doing us an immense favor here, not just in offering us honest rituals and prayers for every aspect of our lives, but, in effect, letting us know we can do the same.

Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Franciscan Priest and author of Adam’s Return

“Shea (writes) with a voice that embraces readers and makes them feel like they are sitting in their living room with her as she shares her wisdom.”

David Boninger, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Posts of Interest

Outrageous Fortune

Proverbial wisdom says that all good things must come to an end. In the same breath, it declares that all good things come to those who wait. Such are the contradictions of grief. Grief is a private waiting room where you sit brooding for such attendants as love, joy, hope, and meaning to return. . .

Courage to Heal

In ancient times, there was born a legend of two sea-faring dangers: Scylla and Charybdis. The two monsters dwelt on opposite shores of the Strait of Messina. . .

Born Grievers, Born Healers: Creating Healing Environments for the Grieving Child

My new article was published in LifeWays North America Summer edition. Read it here.

Doing Grief in Real Life Wins IPPY Award

I’m delighted to announce that my new book, Doing Grief in Real Life won a bronze medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association annual IPPY awards. My hometown paper, the Sun City Independent, picked up the good news…

Trusting Yourself With Grief

A Guided Audio Meditation

Trusting yourself with grief takes courage. It means being brave enough to feel your way around your suffering as well as through it…

Unimaginable Healing

A Guided Audio Meditation

Perhaps you have heard the old story about a mother, the Buddha, and some mustard seed. It’s a tale that speaks of unbearable suffering and a need for unimaginable healing…

Boy holding light in his palm by the shore with mountains in the background

Helping Children Reconnect with Loved Ones Who Die

A Lilipoh magazine reprint by Shea Darian

Songs of Healing

Feb 14, 2021

Shea has been writing healing prayers as song since her youth. Enjoy free downloads of Shea’s original songs from Avalon a cappella’s Celtic Quest album.