I'm glad you asked!
Your decision to click apply and submit your application is a strong signal to me that you're interested in my philosophy and proactive approach to grief and living -- and that you're looking for support that brings your sense of Self and empowerment alive.
When an application comes to my inbox, I already know something really important: you're paying attention and willing to go for it when something feels aligned.
When you submit your application, you're not committing to anything other than getting more information and saying yes to possibility.
I personally review every single application that comes in. If it's clear that you're a good fit, we'll set up a one on one video call together. It's important to me that all your questions are answered and I'm positive my programming is right for you before we ever talk about investing in working together. Every application submitted will receive a response from me within 48 hours.
Hello, and welcome!
I'm Sarah Nannen - the founder of Beyond Surviving, a movement teaching a proactive and renegade approach to mental health, emotional resilience, and sustainable healing.
I'm a grief and trauma informed life coach, as well as an author, speaker, and podcast host.
But most importantly, I'm a mama of four and I'm also a widow.
When they delivered the worst news of my life on my front steps in Japan, I could have never imagined it possible to one day be so in love with my life after loss. It was a long journey made more complex by the lack of inspiration and hope offered by traditional grief support, but I found my way here and I now guide others along the same journey.
I understand how hard it is to feel seen in the world as a widow - even by our closest friends, family and professional providers, too. The truth is, we have to first learn to see ourselves.
To be a renegade widow takes the willingness to come toward yourself with tender curiosity from a place of fierce dedication to discover who you truly are. Like a caterpillar in a chrysalis, we begin to take new form in life after loss.
I now guide widows like you and me to reclaim their lives through self-discovery, sisterhood, and an online program I offer called The Chrysalis Code. It's my honor to offer the professional support, community, and actionable path to a better someday I wish I had when I began my own journey through grief.
In this renegade community, your love story counts.
If you identify as the widow of someone you love deeply and buried too soon, this group is for you. xo
Whether you were married, engaged, partnered, or deeply committed to your beloved, you're welcome here.
All love stories are honored, regardless of labels, status, gender identity and color of the rainbow.
There's no contest about whose grief is bigger, better or harder - your love story matters, your life after loss matters and you are welcome in our space.
This program is about much more than overcoming the loss of your beloved; we have many losses we do not acknowledge, and they all impact how we move forward in life. Until we understand ourselves deeply and love ourselves fiercely, we can’t reach our fullness. You may not feel ready for this journey, but Sarah will guide you. Lean on your widow sisters, let Sarah coach you through the scary places, and most of all, trust the process. Magical things await you on the other side.
I was connected to Sarah and the Chrysalis program through a friend who was concerned about me and didn't know how to help me. She had seen Sarah's posts and felt like the things posted sounded exactly like me and thought I should reach out to her. I was hesitant but decided to see what it was all about. From my first conversation with Sarah, I knew she understood me and my journey more than most people in my life. She immediately made my feelings and emotions feel validated and I knew this journey was for me. This program pushed me outside my comfort zone at times and made me truly feel things for the first time. I was able to feel peace and gain the knowledge that I could and would carry my late husband with me forever but allowed myself permission to keep living and move forward. I learned how to put the focus on myself and yet not feel selfish. I learned how to quiet the world and worry about the journey I was on for myself and my daughter. I met and listened to other widows share their fears, concerns, and dreams and realize I was "normal." I left this program feeling recharged and ready to live life with new tools to help on tough days.
I now have hope where I didn't before. Sarah doesn't solve things for you. She helps you find the answers by asking the hard questions and being totally honest with you. I wasn't looking for somebody to fix my life. I was looking for somebody to help me work through my life and help me make changes which Sarah has done and will continue to do with her program.
No worries --- there's a whole array of resources I've assembled for you to support you in the meantime. Click on the blue links below to check each of them out!
My first podcast Grief Unveiled offers real talk and tender conversations about grief + living. Simply Google "Grief Unveiled podcast" and you'll see a variety of listening options. PS: I have a new podcast coming out later this year, stay tuned!
2. Read my book
Order a copy of "Grief Unveiled: A Widow's Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Loss"
I stepped on stage in New York City, sweaty armpits and all, to talk about being a renegade widow in front of a life audience just for you!
I'm a contributing author in a newly released book called "Embodied Resilience Through Yoga: 30 Mindful Essays about Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief, and Loss."
I'm a mindfulness and yoga teacher, and this relaxing and accessible practice will meet you right where you are and help you find a pocket of peace, even if for just a few minutes.
I'm on Facebook and Instagram where I share heaps and loads of inspirational, hope-filled content. Like and follow me at: @beyond.surviving.sarah
7. Send me an email.
Sometimes the word application can feel intimidating. If its easier, just send me an e-mail and share a bit of your story. I can help you decide if it's the right time to apply. Connect with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org