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What Shea is up to these days:
Shea is currently writing a family book on grief and healing. During her writing, she developed a new model of adaptive grieving, called the Model of Adaptive Grieving Dynamics, published in the academic journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss (vol. 22: 195-235, dos:10.2190/IL.22.3.c; A New Mourning: synthesizing an interactive model of adaptive grieving dynamics by C.D. Bagbey Darian). The article was listed as one of ICL's most-read articles in 2016. Check it out here:
Shea Darian is a writer and family educator who encourages parents and caregivers to transform our often busy, chaotic 21st century lives with a greater sense of balance and peace. She offers practical and inspirational tools to build healthy, joyful family relationships.

Shea is the author of the award-winning books
Living Passages for the Whole Family: Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood and Sanctuaries of Childhood: Nurturing a Child’s Spiritual Life. Her other books include Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day and Grandpa’s Garden, a children’s picture book.

As part of the women's ensemble, Avalon a cappella, Shea recorded the CD
Celtic Quest with Mary Thienes Schunemann and Amy Chevalier.

Shea received a BA in Speech and Theater from Iowa State University and a Master of Divinity from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL. She is certified as a spiritual director and in Non-profit Administration and Community Development. Shea has taught drama to all ages and served as youth minister, minister through the arts, minister of worship, and Waldorf school administrator.

Shea lives with her family in Chatsworth, CA.
Shea is on sabbatical from her speaking engagements as she finishes her current manuscript on grief and healing. She will recommence her speaking schedule in 2017. Contact Shea at
Talks ~ Workshops ~ Retreats
Shea Darian Talks & Workshops ~ Family Matters Brochure

Past Event: "Mourning LIght" Retreat at the Artist's Studio
at the Farm at South Mountain

Healing the Pain of Grief - A Retreat to Soothe the Soul
Photo by Rebecca Danica Photography, Spokane, WA.