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Hi, I'm Jill Smolowe  

Widowed or divorced? Feeling bereft or just plain stuck? I help you to identify direction, rekindle momentum and regain a sense of purpose. Together, we shift the focus from what's “missing” to getting your life moving forward again.

Montclair, United States
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About Jill

As a certified professional coach, I have conducted over 700 hours of grief, divorce and life coaching. I help you to reconnect with the strengths, coping strategies, relationships, activities and inner resources that give your life meaning. I come to our sessions with an open mind and an ear deeply tuned to the one person who knows best how to get your life moving again: you. Together, we help you to identify — then take — steps that will propel your life forward. As momentum builds, you'll feel your confidence reviving, your sense of purpose rebuilding, your joy rekindling. Not only is your life moving again — it is heading in a direction that you have chosen with care and by mindful design. 

My Training and Qualifications

  • Certified Professional Coach, The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), 2014
  • Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), 2014
  • Visiting Journalism Fellow, Duke University, 1990
  • BA, Princeton University, 1977

My Coaching and Work Experience

Jill Smolowe, CPC, ELI-MP, is a Certified Professional Coach. She coaches widows, divorcees and others whose lives are in transition. 

Jill delivers grief-related workshops and addresses widow groups around the U.S. She is a frequent guest on U.S. and Canadian radio stations.

An award-winning national journalist, Jill is the author of Four Funerals and Wedding: Resilience in a Time of Grief. Her essays about coping with grief and moving forward into new love relationships have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, More, Money, Red (UK), Woman & Home (UK), Bark and Reader’s Digest, and on the Time and Fortune websites. She is regular essayist for PBS's NextAvenue.org.

Following the deaths of her husband and three other family members, Jill trained to become a personal coach in order to help people who are grappling with loss. She works with clients to help them identify—then take—steps that will restore momentum, purpose and joy to their lives. Via Skype, she coaches men and women across the United States, in Canada and in Europe.

For a complimentary coaching session, Jill can be reached at jillsmolowe@gmail.com or through her website, www.jillsmolowe.com.

Customer Reviews

  • from LouAnn Christo on 18 Apr 2016

    Jill Smolowe is an insightful and focused coach. She helped with a transition in my life at a time when I needed to be focused and move forward with my goals. Jill always asked the right questions and held me accountable for what I wanted to do. She was my biggest advocate even when I was not an advocate for myself. Jill is an exceptional coach and I wholeheartedly recommend her.


  • from Renee on 01 Apr 2016

    I’d been in therapy for many years and made assumptions that coaching wasn’t enough. I’ve come to find out that coaching with Jill Smolowe was EXACTLY what I needed. I am a single mom in my own business and especially need someone to regularly work things out with me in regard to raising a teenager, dating, and growing my business. Jill is able to immediately identify my recurring demons and triggers, and helps me beat them down right then and there. Jill also gives me homework every week that adds tremendous value to ‘my work’ that compounds interest outside of our sessions. I leave each session clear minded, equipped and inspired.


Customer Reviews

  • from LouAnn Christo on 18 Apr 2016

    Jill Smolowe is an insightful and focused coach. She helped with a transition in my life at a time when I needed to be focused and move forward with my goals. Jill always asked the right questions and held me accountable for what I wanted to do. She was my biggest advocate even when I was not an advocate for myself. Jill is an exceptional coach and I wholeheartedly recommend her.


  • from Renee on 01 Apr 2016

    I’d been in therapy for many years and made assumptions that coaching wasn’t enough. I’ve come to find out that coaching with Jill Smolowe was EXACTLY what I needed. I am a single mom in my own business and especially need someone to regularly work things out with me in regard to raising a teenager, dating, and growing my business. Jill is able to immediately identify my recurring demons and triggers, and helps me beat them down right then and there. Jill also gives me homework every week that adds tremendous value to ‘my work’ that compounds interest outside of our sessions. I leave each session clear minded, equipped and inspired.


  • from Robin Stevens Payes on 20 Mar 2016

    Jill’s coaching came just in time to manage through some massive transitions – relationships, work and life roles. What could have resulted in total meltdown instead, has allowed me to reexamine my default stories & responses to open up new possibilities. When everything seemed really murky, Jill Smolowe was able to cut right to the heart of things!


  • from Beth Ashcroft on 12 Feb 2016

    If you are reading this you are already considering the smartest move you will make this year. Jill Smolowe will help you first find, then use, your own power to turn your life around. Through a lens of professionalism, wisdom and kindness, Jill listened carefully to my stories and challenged me on some of my ways of thinking. She got me to delve deeper into what was really irking me and why. Each week I would get action steps, some of which I could work on right away and see results, others that are taking more time. I am so impressed with Jill’s ability to understand my heart. She peeled back the layers and coached me into revealing my true and better self. Jill has helped me find my power that I felt I had lost many years ago


  • from Karen on 01 Feb 2016

    Jill helped me get to a good place after my husband passed away. I always look forward to and love talking to Jill. She is articulate, kind, empathetic, intuitive, and wise. She listens carefully and is spot-on in identifying the real issue


  • from Guy on 04 Jan 2016

    After the abrupt end to a 25-year relationship, I found myself single again, starting over mid-life as a single dad. It’s been especially challenging to maintain a strong and meaningful bond with my two pre-teens, while trying to balance those responsibilities with the stressors of a demanding career. As a guy, I was very reluctant to seek help from a “life coach.” From the moment we started working together, I felt at ease with Jill. She “got” me. Jill has inspired me to look at myself in ways that I haven’t in a long while, to see the great qualities that others see. She’s challenged me on assumptions and limiting beliefs, and has offered different perspectives. She’s helped me to work through many challenges with my kids, to set boundaries, to renegotiate relationships, and to start making myself a priority. Most importantly, she has shown me that I have no option other than to keep pushing myself forward. Jill is a kind, strong, yet compassionate professional who has opened my eyes to a world of possibility again.


  • from C. Weinhauer on 13 Dec 2015

    After my wonderful husband died, one of his dear friends gave me Four Funerals and a Wedding and said, “Read this book. It will help you get through this.” I did read it once, twice, then 3 times and I still refer to it to see what Jill did in different situations. I felt like I knew Jill. She was so honest and down to earth. I then used Jill as a grief coach. I had gone to some grief counseling meetings, but everyone just talked about their own stories about deaths of their loved ones and everyone was sad. It didn’t help me to go forward. Jill’s coaching made me try to go on with my life. By knowing my individual story and helping me establish goals, her coaching gave me strength that I needed to help myself. After talking with Jill I felt more positive and able to face reality. She has great insight to help me overcome situations that I need help with.


  • from Alice Morgan on 25 Nov 2015

    My husband died suddenly, unexpectedly, when he was 52 years old. I thought I would die too, from the pain, grief and sorrow. I read Jill’s book of her own compounded losses and felt the first glimmers of hope. I was thrilled to find out she was a life coach and began a series of sessions that shifted my recovery process dramatically. I find her smart, funny, engaging, clear and inspiring. She helped me move forward while respecting my deep grief. She is like the best friend you wish you had, one who knows the territory, isn’t judgmental, gives you great feedback and ideas and forgives you when you don’t do your homework. I am grateful for her support in helping me live through the hardest period of my life


  • from D. Thomas on 14 Oct 2015

    I discovered Jill during a time in my life when I felt I was in transition. I had lost several family members in the previous year, was turning 50, feeling stagnant in my current job, and simply felt that “change was in the air.” Jill was just the perfect person for me to work with during this time. After just a few conversations with her, I felt as if she had known me my whole life. Her insight and intelligence opened my mind about myself and the opportunities I thought never existed. Jill held me accountable with weekly goals I needed to accomplish. This accountability and guidance helped me move forward toward my ultimate goal and create a vision for my future. After each session I felt inspired, energized, focused, and motivated!


  • from Lisa Tannenbaum on 09 Oct 2015

    In one year I became separated from my husband after 25 years of marriage, I lost my job of almost 12 years during a downsizing, my youngest child went off to college and my very, very best friend died. I felt like I had so many unknown’s that moving forward seemed almost insurmountable. Jill was able to bring me through. Where I became anxious that I wasn’t moving forward quickly enough, Jill redirected me, coaching me to take one step at a time. She made me appreciate the progress I was making, helping me celebrate the victory of each step. She is able to zero in on the self-limiting assumptions I have, thus enabling me to change my perspective. I’ve made significant progress working with Jill. I now have a job I love, have decided where to move and feel ready for the next chapter in my life. I couldn’t have done it without Jill.


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