Sierra College dean to present in Truckee on transforming grief |

Sierra College dean to present in Truckee on transforming grief

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dr. Kim Bateman will present highlights from her new book, "Crossing the Owl's Bridge: A Guide For Grieving People Who Still Love," as part of this week's Sierra College Insights.

"Although we have to say goodbye to our material relationship, we are also being presented with a chance to say hello to a different type of relationship," says Dr. Bateman. "Crossing the Owl's Bridge illustrates creative outcomes to mourning that allow us to recognize, contain, release, and yet keep loving."

Bateman's book uses the wisdom of world wide folk tales to demonstrate how to share, ritualize and transform grief. It illustrates creative outcomes to mourning that allow people to continue relationships and keep loving.

Each chapter describes psychological tasks as communicated through folk tales and shares stories of loss as well as guidelines for application. A book signing will follow.

The book is available at the Bookshelf located at 11429 Donner Pass Road in Truckee and on For more information visit

Dr. Bateman is known for her engaging and entertaining presenting style. Her research interests include organizational psychology, bereavement and humor.

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She has delivered many notable keynote addresses, including:  "There's a fox under my bed and pixie dust in my hair," "The Psychology of Humor," and "College Culture through the song lyrics of Bob Marley." She recently presented a TEDx talk called "Singing Over Bones."

She is also Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. She facilitates workshops entitled "GriefWork," "DreamWorlds," and "The Transformative Power of Myth."

Her interactive presentation this week is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Sierra College, located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. To reserve a space, visit