Health Story Collaborative

A growing body of research supports that telling personal narratives, especially after an adverse medical diagnosis, can have positive outcomes on physical and psychological health. Embracing and promoting the healing power of storytelling is the mission of Dr. Annie Brewster, an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Jonathan Adler, a clinical psychologist and professor at Olin College. Dr. Brewster is the Founder and Dr. Adler is the Chief Academic Officer of the Health Stories Collaborative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, honoring, and sharing stories of illness and healing. To learn more, go to

The Courageous Parents Network

The Courageous Parents Network is a resource providing podcasts, videos, guides, and blogs about grieving and healing after the death of a child. The website also provides information about many life-threatening pediatric illnesses and offers guidance to help parents navigate the medical system, communicate effectively, and make informed decisions for their child and family.

The Centering Corporation

The Centering Corporation provides educational resources for the bereaved including a quarterly magazine, Grief Digest, and an extensive list of book recommendations for parents, children, siblings, spouses and others who are grieving.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provides support to bereaved families after the death of a child. Parents, siblings and grandparents can join over 600 support groups in the US, read articles about grief in the We Need Not Walk Alone magazine, discover books and private online groups, and more.

The Children’s Room

The Children’s Room offers hope and healing to children from the ages of 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.

Upcoming Events for Grief Support, Spiritual Growth, and Self-Expression through Writing

July 28-Aug. 2, 2019: Taking Your Life Story From the Page to the Stage. Kripalu.

Oct. 6-9, 2019: Find Your Voice and Stand Behind It, A Spiritual Retreat for Women. Kripalu.

Oct. 11-13, 2019: Narrative Medicine Basic Workshop, Columbia University. Early Bird Registration Through September 6, 2019.

Past Events

June 30-July 5, 2019: Introduction to Creative Writing: Building a Practice. Kripalu.

June 18-July 16, 2019: Online Writing Workshops with Nellie Hermann, Creative Director, Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program.

June 20, 2019: Bereavement and Beyond, Trinity Church, Boston.

June 16-19, 2019: Juniper Institute: Immerse Yourself In the Writer’s Life. The MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMASS Amherst.

June 13-16, 2019: Radical Listening: Narrative Medicine for a Polarized World. Kripalu.

June 3, 2019: New England Pediatric Hospital Medical Conference: Pediatric Serious Illness Conversations. Partners Healthcare, Somerville, MA.

May 23, 2019: Patient Experience Summit. Partners Healthcare, Somerville, MA.

May 3-5, 2019: You Are Not Stuck: The Power of Soul-Guided Choices. Kripalu.

May 3-5, 2019: Grief Relief: Transforming Your Life After Loss. Kripalu.

April 29, 2019: Poetry at Work. Healing Words at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

April 21-26, 2019: Deep Writing Workshop. Kripalu.

April 11, 2019: Bereavement and Beyond. 5:45pm. Trinity Church, Boston.

April 7-12, 2019: Creative Boot Camp. A Craft Lab and Writing Workshop. Kripalu.

March 21, 2019: Bereavement and Beyond. 5:45pm. Trinity Church, Boston.

March 8-10, 2019: Burnout In Healthcare: A Need For Narrative. A Basic Narrative Medicine Workshop at Columbia University, NYC.

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