Helen Fitzgerald

November 12, 1938 - April 9, 2023
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Helen Fitzgerald, a therapist, author, and national advocate for the bereaved whose career began in personal grief, passed away Sunday at a hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. During the seven-month coma of her dying husband, Jerald, Ms. Fitzgerald met the founder of the death-and-dying movement in social work, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who encouraged her to enter theContinue Reading

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Hilary L. Valdez, M.S. left a message on December 23, 2023:
The wisdom in Mrs. Fitzgeralds writings live on. I'm reading The Mourning Handbook: excellent. As a crisis trauma specialist, this book is of enormous value. I wanted to contact Mrs. Fitzgerald, but when I Googled her, I was extremely saddened. Respectfully, Hilary, Tokyo, Japan.
Lynn Hankins left a message on May 26, 2023:
I just learned of Helen’s death. I met Helen in 1993/4 when my mom was dying of cancer. I was living in Fairfax and someone recommended that I talk with her. At the time I did not know her story but one day came upon her book and was surprised to find out it was the same person helping me. I bought the book and brought to my next meeting. She was surprised I had bought it but told me her story of her husband’s death that had left her with several children. When someone has lost a loved one unexpectedly you know they can understand the pain you are experiencing. Helen was a lifesaver and happened to be the first person to call me when I learned about my mom’s passing. I was grateful to have been able to talk with her as I sat alone with the news and totally devastated! Years later I was able to chat with her on the phone and promised to visit when I was able to return to Virginia. Sadly I never got back before she passed! I will be forever grateful to have met this amazing woman! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family!!
Karen Kostreba left a message on May 25, 2023:
My deepest sympathy to you. Helen was my mentor and friend for many years beginning in 1992. Her generosity and kindness to everyone will be remembered for many years to come.
Northern Virginia Burial & Cremation Society left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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