Our mission is to shift the culture surrounding grief and to hold space for those who have experienced a tragic loss.
Everyone person should have the opportunity and freedom to grieve their loss.
To Support our Mission
Creation of Symbol of Grief
Community Awareness Programs
Mourning Wear Merchandise
Clear Mourning Yoga
Grief Support Facebook Group
Scholarships for the Bereaved
In 2016, we lost our amazing and beloved daughter, Marley, when a drunk driver struck our family car. Three months later, my grief grew, when my 62-year-old father died of a broken heart.
As a person in mourning, experienced hospice social worker, and change agent, I have experienced America’s broken culture around those who are mourning. Families with whom I work echoed the same sadness and frustration.
One cold day in the month of January immediately following our tremendous losses of my two-year-old daughter, and my dad, I tried to get dressed.
I wanted to start my day and be a mother to our son. What I found instead is no clothing in the world felt appropriate.
All of my choices felt like a pathetic costume. I decided I needed a symbol. An external way of acknowledging my pain and broken heart, a notice to my community and loved ones, and a way for me to feel legitimate in my costume.
This is how Clear Mourning was born.
To promote positive social change and provide grief support for those who have experienced traumatic loss, Clear Mourning created a symbol to be worn; a way to fill the void in our culture where mourning dress was deserted.
Women no longer wear veils and black or men armbands to self-identify as a person in mourning. Our grief apparel allows those grieving to express themselves, feel validated in their grief, and be offered a softer spot within their community.
The symbol for Clear Mourning, a broken heart, will be as culturally visible and identifiable as a pink ribbon or yellow band bracelet.
Clear Mourning will use proceeds from Marketplace sales to provide financial assistance for services to those who suffer from traumatic loss.
Survivors of traumatic loss are often left to their own devices as there are few “safety nets” in our society to support the time it takes to grieve, fill family roles that have been abandoned suddenly, and deal with unanticipated financial strains left behind. My family and I have felt these barriers and strive to support survivors in other, holistic, ways of grieving. Clear Mourning will use proceeds to pay co-pays, mental and physical health support, child care, massage, and acupuncture.
Clear Mourning cannot speed up the healing process or fix the grief. Clear Mourning is designed to allow survivors the freedom to grieve – this is the cultural shift.
Sarah Peterson, LCSW | President & Founder
Sarah is the founder of Clear Mourning as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). After losing her young daughter and father in 2016, and feeling like society wanted to rush through the grieving process, Sarah set out on a mission to shift the culture around grief. Everyone is #Freetogrief
Marlis Beier, MD | Vice President
Marlis knows the power of transitions to change and heal. After 20 years as an Ob/Gyn, MS ended her adored practice. Her passion shifted to hospice, where she met her close friend Sarah. We share the drive to make our culture able to use grief to connect to each other.
Carol Palmer, RN | Treasurer
Carol graduated Bend High & went immediately to nursing school. She worked a variety of disciplines in nursing, including at the women’s prison, a school for the blind, labor & delivery & hospice. She is the local chapter leader for Compassionate Friends, the grief group for parents who have had a child die, so Clear Mourning is a perfect fit, and she is honored to be on the board.
Katie Hayden-Lewis, Ph.D. | Director
Dr. Hayden-Lewis is a practicing psychotherapist trained in the integration of body-based contemplative transpersonal relational experiences into her counseling work. Katie spends much of her professional career focusing on rural and frontier early intervention for psychosis and schizophrenia mental health care teams. Katie is also a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment. These experiences coupled with her own negotiation of traumatic and complex loss have shaped who she is as a person and the offerings she brings to her family, friends, community, and the world.