Rachel Kodanaz

TAPS Advisory Board

Rayanne Hunter


Rachel Kodanaz

Rachel Kodanaz is a heart-minded professional specializing in current and relevant approaches in support of individuals and workplaces following a loss or trauma. She is a best-selling author, seasoned keynote speaker and a business consultant.

She began her career serving in management of Fortune 500 companies, overcoming her own adversity following the sudden death of her husband while raising a 2-year-old. She was immediately confronted with the see-saw created when personal and professional trajectories collide, giving her the opportunity to provide invaluable insights about loss to Human Resources departments.

Rachel was instrumental in launching HeartLight Grief Center in Denver, Colorado including the development of programs, facilitating support groups and serving as the Executive Director. She also co-founded the Grief Network Alliance in Denver which provides a networking platform for grief-related professionals. She has served on numerous grief-related board of directors and has published numerous articles, blogs, podcasts and has appeared on Good Morning America. Her books include best-selling Living with Loss One Day at a Time, Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What to do with your and a loved one’s personal possessions and Grief in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Guide for Being Prepared.

Rachel lives a healthy lifestyle in Colorado pursuing physical adventures including the Hawaiian Ironman and providing emergency medical technician (EMT) services to the community.