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Hope Edelman, MA

Author, writing instructor, grief and loss coach

Hope Edelman is a grief and loss coach, sought-after public speaker, and the best-selling author of Motherless DaughtersMotherless Mothers, and the memoir The Possibility of Everything. Her books have been published in 16 countries and inspired a worldwide movement for motherless women.

A Martha Beck-trained life coach specializing in grief and loss, Hope has developed three custom-designed programs for clients and has led Motherless Daughters groups and annual luncheons around the world. She co-leads Motherless Daughters Retreats and events, including an expedition for motherless women through the Andes, during which the group trekked above 15,000 feet and volunteered at an orphanage in Peru.

Hope holds a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, and has been teaching memoir writing for more than 25 years, most recently in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies ranging from the New York Times to Real Simple and She is an Alumni Fellow at the University of Iowa and an inductee in the Medill Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University.

Upcoming Programs

Untangling Daughterhood

September 23 - 28, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

The parent-daughter relationship can shape a woman’s life in enormous ways. And the healing of a woman’s complicated ties with one or both parents can awaken tremendous, life-changing transformation. Join Hope Edelman, MA, and Kelly Carlin, MA, for a 5-day workshop to facilitate self-love, freedom of expression, and a renewed sense of empowerment for women...

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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...

Writing the Story of Your Life

May 6 - 11, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

Writing one’s life story can be a gloriously sloppy process. Everyone has a different “first hurdle” to overcome. For some the story feels too big, for others writing is an emotional process, and for others it’s about claiming (or reclaiming) creativity after a long hiatus. In this 5-day workshop, best-selling author Hope Edelman breaks down...