About Sarah Miller
I’m the face behind The Good Grief Coach. I’ve always loved the idea of helping people work through their grief. There were many pivotal moments in my life that have led me to where I am today.
My grandpa was a military chaplain, so I grew up hearing him talk about his ministry both in local churches and overseas. My stepfather was a urologist and often took me with him to see patients. This is where my love for helping others set it. As I entered college, I learned I truly loved chaplaincy, but instead of enduring the rigorous requirements for chaplaincy, I went into nonprofit work. When I was 29, my mom passed away from cancer. Through the journey of treatment for her, I fell in love with chaplaincy all over again. After leaving the treatment facility, she chose to die in a truly beautiful way. In her own home, surrounded by friends and family, my mom’s friends took turns playing the grand piano in the formal living area, up until her last breath. The love that surrounded my mom was overwhelming and helped me decide to devote my life to chaplaincy.
After her death, I began a clinical pastoral education internship at Hillcrest and started graduate school at Truett Seminary. The rest is history, as I’ve now spent many years helping people grieve. My stepfather passed away in hospice three years ago. Instead of a stereotypical death, he chose to throw a grand party the night before of nearly 150 people, where we all shared stories and worshipped together. After the loss of my stepfather, I took a break to heal from my own grief. I spent a short amount of time in a new position outside of hospice, but I quickly learned that my soul feels at home in the hospice setting.
I feel honored to have been able to walk with hundreds of people in their journeys and hear their stories. People often show up for the happy stories and avoid the darkness, but the painful space is where I show up. I choose to sit with people in their sadness so I created this company, The Good Grief Coach, to serve individuals and families in this way.
Sarah Miller, The Good Grief Coach