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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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

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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Workshop Presenter at Camp Widow San Diego – July 13th to 15th

Maryann will be a workshop presenter at this year’s Camp Widow San Diego. Camp Widow® is a unique and incredible experience. Over a weekend this program provides both practical tools and relevant resources for widowed persons rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner.

If you know someone who could benefit from this experience, please share this information with them. The full camp experience runs from Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th. Hope to see you there.

Maryann’s workshop, “Discover How to be First on Your List”, will be on Friday, July 13th. Click here for more information, and to register.

Speaking at Tin Roof Bistro, L.A., July 18th

Maryann will be speaking at the Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach, CA at the WRS South Bay  Chapter meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00 AM. This month's topic is "Who Am I Now?." When a major change occurs in your life (such as a divorce, a job loss, an illness or...

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