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.

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Next Creative Workshop

Join us Saturday, September 23rd, for two hours of calming activity, community, and creative expression, and 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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It’s important for you to take time to remember people, places and events in your life. It gives you some perspective. However, when you are dealing with a major change in your life (a job loss, a divorce or the death of a loved one) you may feel that is the only thing you can think of; you keep turning events over and over in your head.

Why did this have to happen?

What could I have done differently?

Why didn’t I say (or do)______________?

Now what?

It’s easy to get stuck dwelling on a particularly difficult time and place. Unfortunately that will not help you to keep going – all you will see is pain, hurt, anger, injustice – unable to find your way out.
I know that you have a desire to move forward but you aren’t sure how that will happen.

You’re afraid.
What do you do?
Well – you make a choice.

You could continue to look at the same situations day after day OR you could start to look around to find something different.
Do one small thing – take an alternate route to work or school or to the store; walk in a new location; turn right instead of left; take a gardening class (or whatever you like).

Find one small thing to do for yourself – something that makes you happy, that you enjoy.

Be curious. Notice. Move. Shift.
Trust me, it’s easier than you think.

Walk across the street to get a different view – get a new perspective. Make a conscious effort to find a bit of beauty or something interesting or out of the ordinary.

Just start small.

Baby steps are fine.

Allow the simple wonders and beauty of the world into your life. They will help to renew your spirit and move you forward.

Shift Your Focus

I don't know about you but I find it challenging these days to be hopeful and positive. There is so much negativity, fear, suspicion and anger swirling around. How can you find some light and hope and calm when you feel powerless to make a change? Start small. Start...

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...

Every day is a beginning

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone. The start of a new round of resolutions, goals, high expectations. Lots of pressure - right? Especially if you have been through a major change in your life. Why not remove that pressure from yourself? Rather...