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Beth Hewett

headshot of Beth Hewett smiling in berry-colored shirt

Beth Hewett knows grief from personal experience, and she has a heart for those who grieve their loved ones. Her desire to help other bereaved people led to her work as a Certified Thanatologist (CT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and as a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care™ Provider with the MISS Foundation. She also has earned a certificate in Death and Grief Studies from the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is a former National Catholic Ministry for the Bereaved Minister of Consolation Trainer.


Beth was a facilitator for the Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP USA) and at her local parish, St. Ignatius-Hickory, MD for 12 years.

Beth has been a public speaker and facilitator of grief support groups, bereavement seminars and retreats, and writing workshops since 2004.

She is the author of the Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy book and booklets, More Good Words: Practical Activities for Mourning, “Practicality, Adaptability, Possibility in Grief” (Grief Digest Magazine, October 2011), and coauthor of Supporting a Grieving Workforce. Beth also writes for the Tri-County Funeral Director’s Association Tri-County Crier Newsletter and the Open to Hope website.

Beth has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing studies, and she has been a college-level educator for more than thirty years. She is a CT, or Certified Thanatologist, with ADEC.

More places to find Beth:


Certified Thanatologist

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

January 2016 - Present

Certified Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM) Specialist

International Critical Incident and Stress Management (ICISM) Foundation and University of Maryland Baltimore County

February 2022 - Present

Certified End of Life Specialist and Doula

End-of-Life Doula course through IAP Career College

October 2022

Training for End-of-Life Coaches, Guides, and Doulas 

November 2020

Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor


November 2021 – Present

Lay Funeral Vigil and Graveside Presider

October 2022

Certified Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist

Pet Loss Partners and RACE

February 2021

Certified Grief Movement Guide

Paul Dennison Grief Movement Training

June 2021

Holy Listening, Training for Spiritual Directors and Guides

Collegio Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino

Rome, Italy

June 2020

TAPS Caregivers to Military Survivors

Training for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

June 2019

Certificate in Healing Ways: Group Crisis Intervention for Indigenous Peoples


October 2018

Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider

MISS Foundation

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Sedona, AZ

June 2014

Certified in Death and Grief Studies

Center for Loss and Life Transition

Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Ft. Collins, CO


Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training

  • Living Your Life with Meaning and Purpose

  • Understanding and Responding to Complicated Mourning

  • Exploring the Shadows of the Ghosts of Grief

  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Grief

  • Counseling Skills Fundamentals

  • Spiritual Dimensions of Grief

  • Companioning the Traumatized Griever: PTSD and the Need for “Catch-Up” Mourning


Minister of Consolation Trainer

National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved Inc. (NCMB)

November 2009

Mental Health First Aid Maryland Certified Instructor badge
Certified Provider Compassionate Bereavement Care MISS Foundation badge

Good Words for Good Words

Hewett has provided excellent guides to ease the burden and the importance of taking active control of grief. These books are such an excellent resource, they should be available in doctor’s offices, hospice, counselor’s offices, churches, etc.

-Kathy Nester

Read full review here.

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