I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to have met Natalie Segall. At a time in my life when I was overcome and paralized in my grief, this wonderful human being used her gifts of compassion, humanity and expertise to guide and help in my healing.
Natalie's professionalism is absolute. Sometimes in life we meet people who leave a beautiful positive imprint in our life, and for me Natalie has done that. - Maura C
When I lived in Montreal, being introduced to Natalie was the single most important gift I ever received from a close friend. After countless visits with a variety of specialists, no one had been able to help me cope with my grief issues. I finally met with Natalie, and her unique approach allowed me to get through a very difficult time in my life, and for this I will be forever grateful to her. Natalie’s sessions rose above and beyond my expectations - not only did they provide healing, but she empowered me with the necessary tools to help me cope with my grief and move forward in my life. Natalie’s practice is very professional, but she creates an environment that is warm and inviting. She is extremely gifted, knowledgeable, and professional, and also highly empathetic. Thanks to Natalie, I got my life back! - Dale K
Natalie was able to provide the guidance and support I so desperately needed during a very difficult and challenging period in my life when I was devastated by two deaths occurring within weeks of each other. She has a unique ability to make one feel completely safe, thus opening your heart and mind to accepting what is, and constructively moving forward. Thank you Natalie! You are a very warm, kind, empathetic soul, and most importantly a wonderful healer; I feel very blessed to have crossed paths with you. - Camilla G
A friend recommended Natalie to me after I had suffered an overwhelming loss. I found Natalie to be highly skilled and compassionate –a very experienced and seasoned professional. I felt very comfortable with her, and she was exceedingly generous in terms of time and accessibility. Due to her careful scheduling, sessions with Natalie are never 50 minutes...they normally run a full hour. I was always impressed by the continuity from session to session, which allowed me to make significant visit-to-visit progress in my grief journey. Thank you for being there, Natalie! - Melanie M
Natalie was able to help me during the most difficult period of my life, following the death of my husband after a long illness. She exudes professionalism combined with a tremendous warmth, and is wonderfully sensitive and supportive. Natalie provides an open and honest atmosphere, free of judgement, and is always fully engaged – exceptionally understanding and compassionate. The coping skills Natalie provided have been consistently helpful, and have proved to be indispensable tools in helping me come to terms with my grief issues. Thanks to Natalie, I have finally been able to move forward in my life, after a long period of debilitating grief, apathy, and indecision. Natalie is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and sincere, and it is my pleasure to recommend her services unreservedly. - Eliana S
...I began seeing Natalie after suffering an overwhelming personal loss, and quickly came to appreciate her warm, empathic, gentle – yet extremely insightful – approach. At a very difficult time, Natalie never pushed too hard, but honoured my pace, while at the same time nudging me towards new insights about myself, and offering acceptance and validation of what I was experiencing in my grief journey. Natalie also suggested very valuable tools and exercises for me to use, and these proved highly effective. Thank you so much, Natalie - I don’t know what I would have done without you. I would readily seek Natalie out again, should my life circumstances (unfortunately) make this necessary. In the meantime, I would not hesitate to recommend Natalie’s services to anyone struggling with grief and loss. Her professionalism, compassion, and personal integrity are of the highest order. - R.M.C.
...My original review mainly concerned Natalie’s excellent book, Demystifying Death and Dying in the Classroom through the Creative Arts...I now especially want to call attention to my experience with Natalie’s expertise as a grief counsellor. I feel that Natalie literally saved my life. When I was seven years old, my 48-year-old father died of a heart attack on a Sunday, and I was back in school the next day, believing that the onus was on me to pretend that nothing of any importance had happened. From that blustery Sunday afternoon in March onwards, nobody – my mother, neighbors, teachers, Anglican minister – spoke to me about this traumatic event. Sure, a few people might have bandied about some guarded euphemisms or ‘fairy tales’, but nothing more. Nor did I attend the funeral. Darkness had befallen me, and cast a pall over my life, but I had to ‘keep up appearances’, and appear to be (for my mother’s benefit) the rosy-cheeked boy who felt no pain. In later years, I grappled with alienation, corrosive anger, substance abuse, severe depression, suicidal thoughts, and much dangerous and impulsive behaviour. Such were the consequences for me of traumatic childhood loss of a parent and unaddressed grief. At just short of the age of 50, I was saved through Natalie Segall’s compassionate, insightful, and highly professional grief counselling. Natalie also suggested that I consult my physician regarding the possibility of going on an anti-depressant. My doctor concurred with Natalie, and I will be taking anti-depressants for the foreseeable future. If only a book like Natalie Segall’s, ‘Demystifying Death and Dying In The Classroom through The Creative Arts’ had been available to teachers when I was seven! This book is an eloquent and meticulously researched invitation to the teaching profession to bring age-appropriate death education into their classrooms. It is my fervent hope that educators will embrace and act upon the concepts found in Natalie’s book. My own early experience with the traumatic loss of a parent has given me a hard-won (yet certainly unsought) understanding of this area, so I feel qualified to endorse Natalie Segall’s book whole-heartedly and unreservedly. - Shawn
...I certainly did my due diligence before consulting Natalie, combing through her website, reading her articles, and looking into the wonderful work she does as coordinator of the Good Grief Workshops. One particular piece on her website I found very helpful, ‘Why Consult a Grief Counsellor?’ In fact, I feel the first paragraph is noteworthy enough to quote here: “It is important to understand that a grief counsellor is different from a social worker, psychologist, psychotherapist, or any other type of counsellor or therapist. A grief counsellor specializes in – and has devoted years of study and training to - thanatology, which is the intensive study of loss, grief, bereavement, mourning, death, dying, and palliative care.” By the time a work colleague had recommended Natalie to me, I had already run the gamut of psychologists and psychotherapists, all to no avail. So I came to Natalie encumbered by a lot of grief baggage, hopeful, but with my expectations having been dashed before by ‘professionals’ who truly lacked insight and knowledge in the area of grief and loss. Fast forward to the present: at this point, I have been seeing Natalie for a couple of months. I cannot speak too highly of Natalie’s expertise, compassion, and integrity. With Natalie’s help, I have gained insight into my grief, learned coping strategies, and am finally moving forward in my life, having come unstuck from my place of despair, passivity, and indifference. - Carol L
As a long-time educator, I am very familiar with the wonderful work done by Natalie Segall and her dedicated volunteers at the Good Grief Workshops. I recently suggested to a grieving family that they attend a Good Grief Workshop. Afterwards, when I enquired how things had gone, the child and her parents couldn’t stop talking about what a positive experience it had been, and how much the Workshop had helped them! - Sarah P
Natalie helped me move forward with my life when I felt paralyzed by grief. She is exceptionally good at what she does. Brenda B
As a health care professional working in social services almost 20 years with Children, Adolescents and adults with disabilities I simply can't speak highly enough of what a valuable resource Natalie is to persons in need of grief support and counseling. Having taken over when Dawn Cruchet (founder of the Good Grief Workshops) retired, Natalie has worked tirelessly to ‘take things to the next level.’ She has brought in many new volunteers, and the latest Workshop had the biggest enrolment ever! Natalie’s team spirit, professionalism, and compassion are greatly appreciated by all of us volunteers. Kudos, Natalie! - Daniel Haque
I am a volunteer with the Good Grief Workshops for Children and Adolescents which Natalie coordinates. At each Workshop, I experience the spirit of compassion and understanding that emanates from Natalie and her team. It is truly wonderful to witness the positive transformation – so evident in their faces and body language - that occurs amongst parents and their children over the course of the Workshop. I am proud to be involved, even in a very small way, with an endeavour that makes such a truly significant difference in the lives of those who have experienced loss. - John K
Natalie helped me to address the grief issues that I had been dealing with for a long time. She is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and very good at what she does. I feel very comfortable with Natalie, and would highly recommend her. - M. Richardson
Some time after the death of my wife, my doctor, as he was renewing my antidepressant prescription, asked me if I had ever considered grief counselling. (I had just told him that I felt stuck in my grief, and could not seem to move forward. A profound emptiness - ‘the void’ – had enveloped me, and I felt powerless and completely apathetic.) My initial response to my doctor’s suggestion was one of skepticism, but he was very persuasive, and encouraged me to contact Natalie Segall. I can now state unequivocally, several months later, that Natalie literally gave me back my life! Her professionalism, compassion, humanity, expertise, and humour, are unsurpassed. Thank you, Natalie, for working with me tirelessly, and with such patience, understanding, and generosity of spirit - Christopher P