Meet Peggy Sweeney

peggycvfd300xPeggy Sweeney is a graduate of John A. Gupton Mortuary College (Nashville, TN), a mortician, and bereavement educator. Since 1990, Peggy has written numerous programs and taught countless workshops on coping with loss and grief for families and professionals and is experienced in both group and individual bereavement education. Her many program offerings include: How to Understand Grief Seminars (the HUGS program), Children Healing After Trauma, Grief and the Chemically Dependent, When a Child Dies, Surviving the Holidays, and Grief Visits the Classroom.

Peggy has been an advocate for the physical health, safety, and emotional wellness of emergency response professionals and their families for over twenty years. She wrote the Grieving Behind the Badge course in 1997 to address these needs and has taught her program throughout the United States and in Canada. In addition to this Grieving Behind the Badge website, Peggy also hosts the Journeys Through Grief website for families and Coursework in Grief, a free, online program.

Ms. Sweeney is founder and executive director of The Sweeney Alliance, a nationally recognized non-profit company that provides help to families and professionals coping with grief and stress.

Peggy is a former member of the Comfort (TX) Volunteer Fire Department and has served as an EMT-B. She has been awarded certifications in both Bereavement Trauma and Emergency Crisis Response from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Peggy has authored newspaper columns for the public in general as well as award-winning articles dealing with the sensitive issues that come with job-related stress and grief in Emergency Services, Public Safety, and Corrections. Her writings have been featured in print and electronic publications for the Federation of Fire Chaplains, the Los Angeles Fire Firefighter newspaper (former staff writer), the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, and the Firefighter’s Bible (Holman Publishing).

You may contact Peggy by email peggy@sweeneyalliance.org or phone (830) 377-7389.