Rachel Kodanaz

Rachel Kodanaz is an author, speaker and consultant that provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss or setback. Overcoming her own adversary following the sudden death of her husband, leaving her with a two-year-old daughter and her experience in the management of large corporations led her to develop and publish resources about how to support grief and loss in the workplace.

Rachel has presented nationally for 20 years on all aspects of living with loss with an emphasis on the workplace. She is the author of Grief in the Workplace: A comprehensive guide for being prepared and her best selling book, Living with Loss One Day at a Time, has received international acclaim. She is a columnist for Living with Loss Magazine, has published numerous articles and blogs on grief; and has appeared on Good Morning America.

Rachel is available for speaking appearances, educational programs, interviews, and community outreach. She has inspired thousands of people with her unique blend of presentations and workshops. Her authentic, down to earth messages are sure to inspire you to learn, laugh, and live. More information is available at www.rachelkodanaz.com.

It’s One Year Later No Comments

In grief, we often refer to the anniversary of a loved one as an “angelversary,” the annual remembrance of our loved one who has left a tattoo on our heart. I now have the opportunity to celebrate two angelversaries: the first on April 14th when my husband Rod passed away, and the second on September 10th…

Sorting through the Keepsakes No Comments

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is — do nothing right now unless you have to. Why? Making decisions too soon can lead…

Why not? No Comments

“Why not” – two simple words that mean so much. While recently visiting my aging father-in-law, he used the expression many times responding to both simple and complex questions. I pondered his reply to determine if the response was a quick, standard answer to eliminate the need to consider my question or was there…

The Old Fashioned Telephone No Comments

When my husband passed away, there was no internet, text messaging or cell phones; however there was internal email. I was saddened to learn that my employees read about his death in an email rather than being informed by a considerate phone call. I am sure they had questions and direct interaction could have…

Taking Care of You First No Comments

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.” Family caregiver is a person who provides non-professional, unpaid care for an ill or aging family member. Family caregivers may find the need to…

Don’t ask, Just do No Comments

After the death of a loved one, there is inevitably a litany of never-ending questions, including “What can I do to help?” or “Call me if you need anything.” Grieving individuals seldom have the strength to communicate their immediate needs mostly because they don’t know what they are. This is when Don’t ask…

The Fulfillment of a Promise No Comments

As a mom, I could never imagine the pain and lifelong suffering of losing a child, regardless of the child’s age. The death is out of normal sequence and an experience many of you are sadly familiar with. Others find it impossible to imagine, as the fear of those thoughts are paralyzing. Twenty-three years ago my…

Our CEO died, now what? No Comments

One of the most dreaded impacts on a company is to experience the death of its leader. The loss creates a complex situation, has tremendous bearing on the employees, clients and stakeholders and will ultimately alter the rhythm of the company. While leaders come and go in companies due to performance or illness…