You are not alone.

When you’re dealing with loss, or another big life transition or setback, it can make you want to shut down and isolate yourself. At Sheltering Tree, we help you put the life back in your life, and get you started on your next chapter. Schedule a call with Maryann and find out how you can get started now.

Next Creative Workshop

Join us Saturday, November 18th, for two hours of calming activity, community, and creative expression. Find mutual support from people who can understand (at least a little of) what you’ve been going through. Take the time for yourself to begin the journey and find the path to get the life back in your life.

Reconnect to Your Life After Loss and Get the Grief Out of Your Head, 9:45 am in Sherman Oaks, CA. Click here for more information, and to register.

At Sheltering Tree, we work with individuals who are dealing with the impact of loss — due to a divorce, a job loss, or the death of a loved one — and who may be feeling:

  • Uprooted
  • Lost
  • Unsure
  • Isolated
  • Disconnected
  • Afraid
  • Angry

We help to guide them through this period of enormous transition, gain clarity, and get support as they learn to reconnect to the life in their life. We help them feel more:

  • Grounded
  • Directed
  • Confident
  • Part of a Community
  • Connected
  • Supported
  • Joyful — Able to Laugh Again

If you’d like to know more about the programs we offer at Sheltering Tree, please schedule a time to talk.

Maryann Udel

Maryann Udel

Founder, Sheltering Tree

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About Maryann Udel

I was 24 when my husband was killed in an automobile accident. Overnight, I went from being a young wife to a young widow. From deeply in love to lost in grief. Family and friends were all very supportive but, ultimately, I had to figure out how to move myself forward and reclaim my life.

Through years of discovery and exploration, I found it is possible to live, love, laugh and find joy again after loss. And I’ve made it my mission to help others who are experiencing massive transition know that they’re not alone, and to help them reconnect with their life.

If you or a loved one needs help, or you’d like to know more about the programs we offer at Sheltering Tree, please email me, or schedule a time to chat:

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Uncomfortable can be OK

You, like most people, want to feel comfortable. After all, comfort is good.

However, when major changes occur, life gets turned upside down. Your normal routines – the internal comfort that you once had is gone.

No matter what change has happened for you (a job loss, a divorce, or the death of a loved one) the old life that existed has turned into something unfamiliar.

Now what? You have been plopped into new territory. How do you navigate it? What do you do?

Well – you have to learn to be uncomfortable.

To find your way through this changed world, you probably need to manage things you never expected – some of it unpleasant, difficult or downright annoying.

Unfortunately that is what happens when change occurs. The past no longer exists. You have to deal with your present circumstances – even the yucky stuff.

To get to your better tomorrow, you need to travel through the uncomfortable unknown today.

Reach out.
Find someone who will listen and be there for you.
You are not alone.


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Shift Your Focus

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Welcome to Sheltering Tree

My name is Maryann Rozsas Udel and I am the person behind Sheltering Tree. It all started with some YouTube videos. Above is the first video I recorded. It explains why I began. Since then I have expanded my mission and direction. Won't you join me on my journey? Be...