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Cendra Lynn, Ph. D.

GriefNet/Rivendell Resources

  • Founder - , a non-profit organization which gathers and disseminates information on death and dying, grief and bereavement, and major loss.
  • Creator - GriefNet, an Internet community providing information and support for persons dealing with major loss
  • Director - KIDSAID, an internet community for children dealing with loss
  • Editor - Bereavement & Loss Resources, a directory of loss resources in Michigan

Private clinical practice - individual, couple, and adolescent therapy.

  • Special focus: grief, bereavement, trauma, and major loss
  • Consulting and teaching on grief and loss
    • workshops
    • seminars and classes
    • in-service training sessions
    • lectures
  • Writing and research on how people cope with grief and major loss.


Recipient of the Oberlin Alumnae Distinguished Service Award for 2013
The recipient must have demonstrated in his/her life service or volunteer activities that reflect Oberlin’s values by directly improving the quality of life for humanity. Oberlin’s values include freedom, social justice, and Community service and involvement.


Ph.D. - University of Michigan, 1983

M.A.  - University of Michigan, 1977

B.A. - Oberlin College, 1966
            cum laude, English Literature



Certified Traumatologist - The Traumatology Institute, Florida State University #1295, 1999 -

Psychologist - State of Michigan
License #6301006063, 1984 - .

Certified Social Worker - State of Michigan
Registered as Social Worker #009270, 1974 -



Bereavement Network of Washtenaw County
     Organizer, 1991 - 1995.

Michigan Women Psychologists,
     Member 1990 - .

Association for Death Education and Counseling
     Member, National Forum, 1979 - .
     Founder, Michigan Chapter, 1983.
     President, 1984 - 1991.

American Orthopsychiatric Association,
     Fellow, 1986 - 95.
     Member, 1981-86

Michigan Association for Emotionally Disturbed Children,
     Member, 1983 - .

Bereavement Resource Association (southeast Michigan)
     Member & contributor, 1981 - 1985.

American Educational Research Association.
     Student member, 1978-1982

Academic Alumni in Service to Oberlin College (ASOC)
     Women's Studies Roster, 1975 - .
     Human Development Roster, 1984 - .

Project Outreach, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan, Consultant, 1971-1980.




1994 - . Director of GriefNet, dba of Rivendell Resources, Inc., which runs email grief support groups and provides resources to the bereaved on the Internet.

1990 - . Psychotherapist: individual and couple therapy specializing in grief and traumatic loss.

1990 - . Editor & Publisher of Bereavement & Loss Resources, a bi-monthly newsletter of bereavement resources in Michigan, Northwest Ohio, Southwest Ontario.


1973 - 1990. Psychotherapist: individual, couple, and family therapy, weekend and on-going group therapy.

1995-1998 - Co-founder and Psychologist - Healing Connections, a non-profit corporation offering a blend of traditional and alternative methods of health care.

3/96-7/96 Soundings for Women, Ann Arbor; Clinical psychologist, handled all mental health issues through individual or group counselling

1992 - 1994. President Rivendell Resources, Inc., a non-profit organization which gathers and disseminates information on death and dying, grief and bereavement, and major loss.

1986 - 1990. Editor Bereavement & Loss Resources, a 3x/yr newsletter of bereavement resources in Michigan, Northwest Ohio, Southwest Ontario.

1/82-5/82. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. "Psychology of Sexism and Ageism."

1/78-5/78. Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. Coordinator of personal growth groups, Project Outreach, and consultant to group leaders in training.

10/77. Oberlin College, Women's Studies Committee. Designed and facilitated workshop on interpersonal communications on feminism.

5/77-7/77. Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Education, University of Michigan. Course: "Human Potential."

1975 - 1977. Applied Environmental Research, Ann Arbor. Consultant.

10/75. Siena Heights College, Adrian, MI. Leader, self- awareness group for adult women.

7/75. National Park Service, Isle Royale, MI. Consultant on staff dynamics to Jack Morehead, Superintendent. Observation & analysis of staff dynamics.

4/75. Environmental & Urban Planning Services, Ann Arbor. Consultant for designing & leading workshop on Public Involvement Mechanisms for National Park Service.

3/75. School of Social Work, University of Michigan. Guest lecturer for course "Contemporary Treatment Techniques."

9/74 - 12/74. Residential College, University of Michigan. Teacher/consultant for undergraduate psychology class.

4/74. School of Social Work, University of Michigan. Guest lecturer/group leader for course "Women's Issues."

1/72 - 8/72. School of Education, University of Michigan. Assistant in Education.

4/71 - 8/71. Center for Research on Learning, Ann Arbor. Computer consultant. Responsible for acquisition of computer hardware, hiring of coders and keypunchers, interface to Michigan Terminal System, and consultant on statistical analysis.

1/71 - 8/71. Educational Change Team, University of Michigan. Computer consultant. Supervised and implemented all stages of transferring data from questionnaires and interviews into statistical output from 360/67 computer. Hired and trained keypunchers and coders. Developed code book. Developed coding schemes for both interviews and questionnaires. Supervised acquisition of all equipment and supplies. Built files of data to fit Osiris programs and SPSS.

10/68 - 10/70. Center for Research on Conflict Resolution, Research Assistant. Duties included computer data input and assistance in statistical research methods.

1/68 - 10/68. Teacher, The Children's Community, an alternative, open elementary school, Ann Arbor, MI.

9/66 - 10/67. American Friends Service Committee. Office Manager, Michigan Area Office, Ann Arbor, MI.


4/08. Presentation of resources at memorial service held by University of Michigan Cancer Center by Sue Wintermeyer-Pingel, R.N.

11/07. In-service training in Ann Arbor for professional and administrative staff of Gift of Life Michigan.

4/07. In-service training for social workers connected to the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in Ann Arbor.

2/02. Led session on grief and loss for Michigan Asian Indian Family Services, chaired by Rani Bahadur, for staff of social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

4/01, 4/03, 1/05. Guest lecturer in University of Michigan Graduate School of Nursing School class of Linda Strodtman, SN622, Nursing Intervention for Death and Dying, Session on internet grief resources and email grief support groups.

4/99. Guest presenter in University of Michigan Graduate School of Nursing School class SN622, "Nursing Intervention for Death and Dying." Session on support system enhancement and values clarification.

4/93. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Memphis. Presented practice report entitled, "HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE; HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? The Establishment and Maintenance of Personal Boundaries Between Therapists and Trauma Survivors."

3/92. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Boston. Presented practice report entitled, "DOES INCEST HURT WORSE THAN DEATH?"

4/91. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Duluth. Presented practice report entitled "GAY GRIEF ISN'T / DIFFERENT GRIEVERS, DIFFERENT GRIEFS: THE MOURNERS OUR PROFESSION SHUNS"

5/87. Annual Conference, Association for Death Education and Counseling, London, Ontario.

12/84. "Children and Death," professional training conference, Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio.

7/79. Professional training session, St. Christopher's Hospice. London, England.

5/75. "After We're Gone," professional training conference, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

5/74. "Living With Dying," professional training conference, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

9-12/72. Residential training program in Gestalt Psychology. Pellin Institute, Montecorice, Italy.

1968-1971. On-going training in group dynamics and leadership Project Outreach, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan.



1986 - 1990. Editor, Bereavement Bulletin, (former name of Bereavement & Loss Resources), published by MI Chapter ADEC.

1989-1990. Coordinator, First Annual Conference of the Michigan Chapter of ADEC, "The Many Faces of Grief," held 28 April 1990 in at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, MI.

1983 - 10/90. Co-founder and President of the Michigan Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, (ADEC) an organization providing networking, resources, and education in the fields of death, dying, grief, and loss.

1980-1982. Hospice of Washtenaw, Volunteer Services Committee member, Organization & Delivery of Services. Developed and chaired Bereavement Committee. Designed and led training sessions on grief & loss for staff & volunteers. Consultant to staff and direct-care teams on bereavement, psychological, and interpersonal communications issues. Interviewed potential volunteers.

1980 - . Consulting & teaching on grief & loss.

4/90. First Annual Conference MI Chapter ADEC. Two sessions on how normal adults cope with grief.

6/84 & 10/84. SOS Crisis Center, Ypsilanti. Training session on grief and loss for crisis counsellors.

1/84-6/84. HOME Life (home care for terminal oncology patients). Voluntary consultation on program development.

5/83. Center for Continuing Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Developed and led two-part program, "A Healthy Approach to Loss," for Branch County, MI, Citizens for Hospice.

4/83. Lansing Life Underwriters, Lansing, MI. Presentation and discussion of grief and loss at their monthly meeting.

6/82. Associated Counselling Services, Plymouth, MI, professional training session on grief and loss.

5/82. Washtenaw Intermediate School District, workshop for school social work & counselling personnel on grief and loss.

3/82. Ann Arbor Trust, development of training program on grief & loss for trust officers.

1/82. RESOLVE of Ann Arbor (support group for infertile, would-be parents), presentation & discussion on grief and loss.

10/81. Washtenaw Day Care Center for the Frail Elderly, staff training session on grief due to death & aging.

1/81. School of Public Health, University of Michigan, seminar on development and administration of hospices.

10/80. Michigan Oncology Nurses Assn., professional training session on grief and loss.

7/80-9/80. Research assistant to SHARE (Ann Arbor support group for families of children with cancer). Data analysis of research on families whose child had died of cancer.



GriefNet: Creating and Maintaining an Internet Bereavement Community; by Cendra Lynn and Antje Rath, contributing authors to Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe: For Counselors and Educators, 2012.

Bereavement & Loss Resources. Published on paper bi-monthly 1986 - 1993; quarterly 1994 - 1998; 3x/year 1998-2008. Published online 2012 - .

Coping With Loss: Determining What Nurtures or Hinders Grieving. Doctoral Dissertation. Ann Arbor, MI, USA & London, England: University Microfilms International, 1983, published on demand. Also published privately by author.

"An Annotated Bibliography on Grief and Loss" Published privately; updated frequently.

"A Visit to St. Christopher's Hospice," Long Term Care and Health Services Administration, September, 1980.

"A Study of Parents Whose Children Have Died of Cancer," published privately, September 1980.

Summary Training Report. With Kate Warner, Thomas E. Borton, and William Wenrich. Summary of Public Involvement Workshop, National Park Service, 1975.

"A Partial Bibliography on Alternatives to Public Education." Prepared for William M. Cave, School of Education, University of Michigan



1996 - 98. Clonlara School parent: PTSO Secretary, hiring committee member, convenor - funding committee

1996 - . Friends Lake Community, Interim Property Committee convener, 1995-96; active member

1991 - 1996. Emerson School parent: Multi-cultural committee; development of School Disaster Plan

1988 - . Neighborhood Watch Block Captain

1980-1982. Treasurer, Allen Creek Neighborhood Association

1979-1981. Treasurer, Ann Arbor Track Club
Coordinator, Dexter/Ann Arbor Run, 1977& 1978 1973-1975.
Vice-President, Board of Directors, Project Grow (community gardening organization)

1967-1970. Draft Counsellor, Ann Arbor Draft Counselling Center

1967, 1968. Canadian & American Friends Service Committees, (summers).      Institute on Nonviolence, Grindstone Island, Canada.      Designer & leader of personal growth groups.

1966 - . Religious Society of Friends, active member.
Religious Education committee, 1990 - 1999.



1964 (summer). Waitress, chamber maid, and entertainer, Rockhouse Mountain Farm, Eaton Center, NH.
     An exhausting and uninspiring job catering to wealthy vacationing suburbanites.

1963 (summer). Counsellor, Camp Quinibeck, Ely, VT.
     First strong culture shock working with rich kids in an atmosphere of teamwork, competitiveness, and discouragement of individual initiative.

1962 (summer). Counsellor, Camp Ledgewood, Hudson, Ohio. A healthy summer at my childhood Girl Scout camp, learning to turn bossiness into leadership.

1960 (summer). Nurses' aide (Candystriper) at Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio. Volunteer.

1958 - 1961. Chairside dental assistant and receptionist in my father's office, Akron, Ohio.
     Learned office management, lots of dentistry, and how to deal with all kinds of people.

1954 - 1966. Babysitting, all ages. Special emphasis on infants.

1951 - 1955. Infant and toddler cuddling at the Children's Home, Akron, Ohio.      Welcomed and trained by the infants' matron to aid their understaffed caregivers. One special success working with a traumatized, regressing two-year-old for several weeks, encouraging him to resume eating and playing.



1978 - 1981. Carillon student with R. Hudson Ladd, University of Michigan Carillonneur.

1963 - . Folk guitar

1950 - . Classical piano.

1949 - . Choral singing.

1962-66 Oberlin Chapel Choir

Languages: French - speak, read, write (fluent)
Scots - speak, read, write (fluent)
German - speak, limited reading (elementary level)
Italian - speak, limited reading (elementary level)
African-American - speak, read, write (fluent)

Activities: reading, writing, gardening, bicycling, swimming, sailing, skiing, hiking, construction, reading, yoga, camping, climbing, spelunking, origami