Claire Bidwell Smith - 1440 Multiversity

3-Day Mindfulness Compassion Inclusivity Summit with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Byron Katie, Dan Siegel, Ashanti Branch, Rhonda Magee, and other experts.


Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC

Licensed therapist, instructor, and grief counselor

Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief, and the author of two books about grief and loss. Published in 17 countries, The Rules of Inheritance, a coming-of-age memoir about grief, was a Books for a Better Life Award nominee and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. After This: When Life Is Over Where Do We Go? chronicles Claire’s journey as a grief therapist searching for meaning as she explores various beliefs about the afterlife.

Claire has a bachelor’s degree from The New School university and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She works as a writing coach and manuscript consultant, providing clients with writing direction, editing, and publishing tips.

She has a private practice in Los Angeles, California, and leads grief and writing workshops and retreats around the country. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Slate, Psychology Today, Yoga Journal, and Chicago Public Radio.

Previous Programs

Motherless Daughters

January 28 - February 2, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

The mother-daughter bond is a primal one—losing it to death at a young age can be profoundly disruptive. Unable to grieve as children and teens, motherless daughters often experience lifelong feelings of shame, guilt, and alienation. Join grief and loss counselor Hope Edelman, MA, and licensed therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, to explore the common...