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Kathleen Paris - Grow Your Speaking Business

Kathleen Paris

Author & Consultant

Kathleen Paris

I help people who have lost a spouse or partner navigate their grief journey by sharing my own.”

Travels From: Madison, Wisconsin and virtual

Kathleen Paris

About Kathleen Paris

Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., shares her grief journey in her book Gentle Comforts: For Women Grieving the Loss of a Beloved Life Companion (ACTA, 2024). As an author, educator, and management consultant, Paris has worked with a variety of organizations over 30 years to plan for new realities and improve their systems and organizational culture. She holds the title of Distinguished Consultant Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Paris has consulted in the U.S. and internationally in Canada, Cyprus, France, Guam, Switzerland, Virgin Islands and the UK. She is editor a co-author of “Bending Granite: 30+ True Stories of Leading Change.”

She shares strategies for navigating the grief of spousal/partner loss as well as tips for supporting the griever for friends and family. She writes on how employers can support grieving employees.


Topics:  Physical as well as emotional dimensions of grief, Nutrition and movement in the grief journey, Supporting grieving friends & family, Employer best practices for supporting employees in grief

Gentle Comforts for Surviving the Loss of a Spouse or Partner

Topics include physical and mental unexpected responses to grief and research-supported strategies for moving forward through grief.

How Employers can Support Grieving Employees

 Topics include what to be aware of and suggestions for what to do and even more importantly, what not do to

Grief and Food

Topics include challenges of nutrition and resulting health implications for widows and widowers and suggestions for improving nutrition during grief.


"Congratulations Kathleen on Gentle Comforts--such a practical, wise, and 'heart-filled' book...I really like how the grieving process is so thoughtfully and artfully woven into the pages. It's like a recipe for grieving that includes yummy recipes. I will be buying multiple copies for friends who have recently lost their husbands." - Darin H.




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