Meet Shanti Vani

Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist

My Story

In life, I have suffered many losses -- loss of safety, hope, trust, self- respect, health, mental health, divorce, moving, pets, and job. Deaths in the family include high school friends in a car accident, a friend with AIDS, another friend to suicide, parents with heart disease and dementia, two young great grandsons, daughter with depression and addiction and sister to homicide.

In 1978, I was hospitalized in a state psychiatric institution and labeled "schizophrenic" after a period of serious trauma and loss. In '79, I moved to Gainesville Florida with my young daughters, where I eventually found refuge and peace. I worked cleaning houses, as a nanny, owning a Family Child Care Home, and as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in an area hospital.

As a single mother, I did my best to raise my children throughout the journey. It wasn't easy and they suffered, too. Through Grief Recovery, I have been able to forgive myself and other people in my life for painful events and misdeeds.

Even in the midst of traumatic events, there were moments when I hoped that one day, I would be able to help someone else. Now, that day has come. In November 2020 I was certified through the Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Method Specialist.


Currently, I work in person under the guidance of the Grief Recovery Institute presenting the Grief Recovery Method and Helping Children with Loss programs.


In addition, I facilitate my own unique program, Transforming Grief - An Evolutionary Process, an 8-week series which is delivered both in person and online.


All of these programs can be done either in groups or individually, depending on your preference. 

I want to thank all the people in my life who have helped me to have hope. So many people have inspired, guided and challenged me along the way. 

In these trying times, it is so hard to feel like there is effective help. In fact, there is a safe place to gather for mutual support.

To view a short video about my grief journey, click: 

Please feel free to text, call or email.

Text/Phone: 352-225-1385     


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My Training

QPR (Suicide Prevention Training)
Florida LEADS Project - December 2021

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
 Copeland Center - November 2021

Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist Training
Grief Recovery Institute - January 2021

Grief Recovery Method Specialist Training
Grief Recovery Institute - November 2020

Counseling Grief Clients Certificate
PESI, Inc - October 2020

Trauma and Addiction Certificate
The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare - October 2020

Hospice Volunteer Training
Haven Hospice ET York Center - December 2018

End of Life Doula Training (INELDA)
International End of Life Doula Association - June 2018

Savvy Caregiver Training
Elder Options of North Central Florida - March 2017

A.S. Degree in Respiratory Care
Santa Fe Community College - December 2008

Child Development Associate Certificate

Council for Professional Regulation - February 2003

Art of Play Therapy Certificate

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work - June 2002