You’re in such deep grief. You feel overwhelmed, close to tears, and unfocused most of the time. You think you’ll never feel like you used to. And you want nothing more than to feel better. But one thing isn’t clear: how to get there.

Whether you’re unfocussed and can’t seem to get it together; want to find ways to deal with the guilt and regret that keep you awake at night; or just want to figure out if there’s more to life, I can help.

I guide spiritually-oriented women who are grieving a loss. Whether you’re dealing with the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the loss of a dream or watching a parent die, you just want to stop hurting and find peace. I help you make peace with your pain so you can finally feel a sense of control over your life.

Longing for things to be different–I wish I could be happy, I wish I didn’t feel this brain fog, I wish I could just
get to sleep at night
—is one thing. Experiencing that peace and lightness is quite another. Together, let’s make it happen.

Hi, I’m Uma Girish

I’m a heart-centered Grief Guide who believes that loss can be a heart-opener and open you to your best self. You can heal and begin to create a life that is full of not only deep peace and joy, but also purpose.

You’re ready to dive in and do the work that’s ahead of you because you have a vision for your life-beyond-loss.

I am passionate about supporting women like you to move from pain to peace—and beyond, to purpose and joy.

What does this mean for you?

I know how to walk with you and help you find your way back…to a life of accepting and learning to live with what happened. It doesn’t mean you’ll get over it. It definitely means you’ll learn to carry it lighter, with grace and ease.

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My Journey

I was born and raised in India. In the spring of 2008, my husband, 15-year-old daughter, and I relocated to the U.S. Barely ten days after we moved into an apartment in suburban Chicago, my Amma (mother) in India was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Sadly, she died only eight months after her diagnosis. She was 68.

I was heartbroken, lost, and alone. Finding my way in a new country and culture, still learning to drive, and friendless, I found myself in a dark, frightening, and empty place.

Questions kept me awake late at night. Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of this life I am meant to live? But those questions were the breadcrumb trail I followed to find my way back to me. My soul was guiding me home.

Slowly, I crawled out of the dark and inched my way to the light.

My Purpose Saved My Life

My curiosity to know more about death, and therefore life, started me on a deep spiritual path. Why are we so afraid of the D-word? Why is grief so hard? Is there more to life than struggling to pay the bills?

As part of my exploration, I trained and served as a hospice volunteer, sitting by the bedsides of the dying, and holding space for their friends and families. I began to work with the elderly.

I read voraciously, and wrote two books. My first book Understanding Death: 10 Ways to Inner Peace for the Grieving addresses the top 10 questions I had (the same questions most grievers have) about grief, loss, the soul’s journey, death, dying and reincarnation. My second book, a transformational memoir titled Losing Amma, Finding Home: A Memoir About Love, Loss and Life’s Detours tells the story of how my mother’s death completely shifted the course of my life.

I studied and worked with teachers and masters and became a student of Life. I got my certification in Dream Coaching, a process where I take people on a step-by-step process to finding their soul’s purpose through their passions. I have adapted this process to help my clients move though their grief and loss to live a life of meaning, joy, and purpose. I hosted a radio show called The Grammar of Grief and interviewed experts on topics related to grief, loss, resilience, and rebounding with purpose. I deepened my connection with the Divine.

All of this led me to my “second chapter” and brought me to where I am and what I do today.

Where I Am Today

Taking everything I learned on my journey to healing, I now serve as a Grief Guide and help my clients make peace with their pain. Whether you’re grieving the death of a loved one or find yourself at the end of a relationship, are watching an elderly parent die or feel stuck paying the bills and living without purpose, I can help.

You’ll resolve your pain and begin to understand how your pain is the portal to your purpose. When this clarity emerges, you’ll see how all the pieces of your life fit together perfectly. From here, you’ll begin to create the life you were born to create and open the door to hope, meaning and joy.

When I look back to that defining moment—my Amma’s death—that led me to this moment, I have nothing but gratitude for every step of my journey. The good news? With me holding your hand, you can get there too.

If you’re experiencing a loss and are interested in learning more about how we can work together, please visit my Work With Me page or email me at

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