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Megan Devine, LCPC

Megan Devine, a former Empowering Parents coach, is a psychotherapist, writer, grief advocate, and communication expert dedicated to helping people through some of the most devastating times of their lives.

She is the author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand.

Ms. Devine has authored more than thirty articles for Empowering Parents.


Megan Devine is a Pacific Northwest author, speaker, and grief consultant, she’s the founder of Refuge In Grief, a hub of grief education and outreach, where she leads people through some of the most devastating times of their lives. Together with her team, she facilitates a growing catalog of courses, events, and trainings to help grieving people, and those who wish to support them, learn the skills they need to carry pain that cannot be fixed.

Ms. Devine had been a clinical mental health therapist for over 15 years. Prior to her private psychotherapy practice, Devine worked as a sexual violence awareness educator and taught writing in a day shelter for at-risk youth.


Ms. Devine received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University New England and her Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Goddard College.

A Word from Megan Devine, LCPC

“We all love our kids. We love them through all the bad choices, wrong turns, disappointments, and struggles. And we try to keep finding the good, even inside all the bad. We want the best life for them, the best life they can build. And sometimes, despite all our love, they choose a different path. In our roles as teachers and guides, we have power, but we do not have complete control. Sometimes, there is deep grief in accepting that.”

Media Mentions

Ms. Devine has been featured widely in the media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Well & Good, National Public Radio, Spirituality & Health, Bustle Magazine, Harvard Business Review, and Modern Loss. She’s a sought after expert when grief erupts in the public sphere.

Her “how to help a grieving friend” animation has been viewed more than 20 million times by viewers all around the world.

Watch Megan’s segment on AM Northwest, where she and host Helen Raptis discuss how to help grieving friends and family members.

Understanding Grief: Megan Devine and the Grief Revolution in Jane Brody’s Wellness column at the New York Times.

Megan Devine in the Washington Post.

Rethinking Our Relationship with Grief: Interview Call-In Show with Wisconsin Public Radio.

What to Do When a Loved One is Seriously Depressed: On Preventing Suicide, with Megan Devine in the New York Times.

A full list of Ms. Devine’s media mentions can be found on the Refuge in Grief press and media page.

Articles by Megan Devine, LCPC

Grieving Your Child Who’s “Gone Wrong”



Here at Empowering Parents, we've received many messages from parents sharing sadness and disappointment over the way their kids have turned out. It's a subject we don't talk about very often, but it's one that really deserves some attention. In The Total Transformation Program, James Lehman talks about parenting the child you have rather than the... Read more »

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3 Parenting Styles That Undermine Your Authority



A few months ago, we asked Empowering Parents readers to share how they respond when their child acts out. We asked this question because we want to help you be a more effective parent with real life, day-to-day struggles. There were three parenting styles that readers consistently told us they were using and weren’t working... Read more »

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Leaving Your Child Alone at Home: A Guide for Parents


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Many parents are unsure whether they should leave their older kids home alone. For parents who work, this is particularly an issue during the summer. But it also applies during school vacations and during the after-school hours. So, how do you know if your child is responsible enough to be left home alone? And, if you... Read more »

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