Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS is a bereaved parent and child, a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, and a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist.
Darcie is the author of several books including: Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna?, Footsteps Through the Valley, Touchstones and If I Could Just See Hope. She co-authored A Place For Me: A Healing Journey for Grieving Kids, Footsteps Through Grief, The Other Side of Grief and Finding Your Way Through Grief with her daughter, Alicia Sims Franklin. She also wrote and produced the videos Handling the Holidays and What Color is Dead: Death From A Child’s View, as well as authored numerous chapters in professional books and textbooks.
Darcie is featured in the award-winning video series “Good Grief” produced by Iowa Public Television, and has been featured in several other videos as well. She is an internationally recognized speaker and was the coping editor for Bereavement magazine for 15 years. She is now an editor for Grief Digest.
She served on the national board of directors for The Compassionate Friends, the national board of directors for the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the board of trustees for the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. Darcie received The Compassionate Friends Professional Award in 1999.
She co-chaired the 1991,1996 and 2005 World Gathering on Bereavement, and keynoted at all four World Gatherings. Darcie is president and co-founder of GRIEF, Inc., a grief consulting business and the director of the American Grief Academy in Seattle, Washington.