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457 South 4th Avenue
Brighton, CO, 80601
United States


We are driven by the loss and love for our son and ambition to craft a better world than the one we inherited. We do this work with the hope of comforting, supporting and providing affordable grief counseling and support to families in need of healing, following the loss of a loved one.


Our Team


Our team

Susan Chavez
Executive Director

Susan is the founder of the Richard Lambert Foundation and has served as the Executive Director since 2013. Susan oversees the daily management of the Grief Center and it's programs. Her commitment and belief that our community needs a place solely to support those that have experienced a death and are grieving has led the organization to new growth. Her vision is larger than our current capacity and we are excited to see her dream grow. Susan is a native to Brighton, Colorado and has been married to her husband Jaime for 20 years. She enjoys golfing, camping, reading and spending time with their children and eight grandchildren.

meet our counselors who specialize in grief


Karl Shackelford, M.DiV, BCCC

Karl is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain, CPSP Counselor who specializes in grief counseling. Karl has partnered with the Richard Lambert Foundation Family Grief & Healing Center since 2014, by leading the centers grief workshops, seminars, monthly support groups and seeing new clients for grief counseling. Karl worked for the Denver Hospice for over 10 years and has a passion to help people through their grief journey and will address your loss with sensitivity and compassion. Karl has been counseling teens and adults for over 30 years in his private practice Peaks and Creeks Life Development and is highly experienced in grief, loss, relationship issues, individual and couples therapy. We are thankful to have Karl on our team.

Counseling Credentials
-Master of Divinity, Southwestern Theological Seminary
-Bachelor of Science in Education, Baylor University
-Board Certified Clinical Chaplain, College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
-30 Years of Counseling Teens & Adults through life decisions, grief & loss, relationship issues and pre-marital counseling


Rita Coalson, MA, LPC, NCC

Rita is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Bereavement Counseling.  Rita joined Richard Lambert Foundation Family Grief & Healing Center in 2016 where she leads various grief support groups and self-care workshops for adults. In addition, Rita served her community as co-director of Camp Erin, a children's grief camp near Denver, and has been instrumental in implementing support services for bereaved children at Richard Lambert Foundation, where she leads our Teen Grief Support and Camp Forget Me Not programs. When ones grieving process can benefit from personalized support, Rita is available for individual counseling for both children and adults. Rita creates a safe place in which individuals can process and express grief wether from the loss of a loved one or another major life changing event. Rita’s years of experience as grief counselor in palliative care and hospice services give her the compassion and understanding to support and walk alongside others during such a painful journey. We are honored to have Rita's expertise and have her on our team.

Counseling Credentials
-Masters of Arts in Counseling, Regis University
-Licensed Professional Counselor
-National Certified Counselor
-Member of the American Counseling Association
-ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
-Psychodrama Training

Indications Professional Help is Needed:

  • Feel like life isn't worth living

  • Wish you had died with your loved one

  • Blame yourself for the loss or failing to prevent it

  • Unable to perform your normal daily activities

  • Avoid speaking about the person who died

  • Excessive anger

  • Turning to substance abuse

  • Depression

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