Welcome. I'm so glad you are here. I'm Rachel Tenpenny Crawford, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, founder of Heal by Choice, and creator of Heart Stewardship™. 

I help others find relief and healing after death, divorce, and other broken bonds and losses. My heart-centered approach is unique and integrates tangible tools, practical insights, and personal experience into an effective and down-to-earth method for lasting healing.     

I'm not a therapist. I'm a fierce emotional well-being advocate and unshakeable hope-haver. Motivated by my personal journey through loss and divorce, I am on a mission to share hope and healing with all who need it. I’m living proof that healing is possible with support, compassion, and correct information.

After my daughters died in 2008 I felt lost. Overwhelmed by pain, sadness, and confusion, I wandered through my grief. Refusing to believe that healing was impossible (even though that was the message reinforced to me over and over), I resisted the myths, misunderstandings and bad advice and kept searching. My perseverance paid off, but not without a cost. I promised myself that I would use what I learned the hard way to make a better way for others - a better way for you.

I created Heal by Choice to provide what I wish was available to me during the hardest times of my life. Heal by Choice is based on my journey to the other side of grief and what I learned along the way. I believe we all have the ability to choose the way our hearts will respond to what happens to us - even if we have no control over our circumstances - and the process is made considerably easier with the right support along the way.

My goal is to help others empower themselves to thrive, not just survive, life's most difficult times by showing them how to take back their heart and cultivate lasting healing after profound loss and the grief that accompanies it. 

Unfortunately, there is no manual for life - no one size fits all solution or 5 easy steps to healing - there is only the intentional work required to move your heart forward. It is my privilege to offer the support you'll need for every step of your journey. Each individual will have different needs and each set of circumstances will require a different plan, but every ounce of effort you put into your heart is worth it and will result is unfathomable healing and a future full of relief, peace, and hope.

I believe healed people heal people. Every hurting heart deserves to be safe and supported, restored to wholeness with comfort and care, and ultimately empowered to help others do the same.

Healing is always possible and it starts NOW!