About Lori

Portrait of Lori Hedderman, M.Ed., L.P.C.
Lori Hedderman, M.Ed., L.P.C.

Lori A. Hedderman, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C., is a certified school counselor who works with children and their families in the public school system.  Her work brings her into contact with many students who are losing a parent or loved one due to illness.  She has facilitated bereavement groups and continues to counsel individuals who have experienced loss.  She has also facilitated a support group for children whose parents have cancer or other serious illnesses.

She is trained in both crisis intervention and disaster mental health and responds to traumatic events in her role as a crisis team member for her school.  As a former American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team Member, she was deployed to Mississippi during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where she worked to console and to assist hundreds of victims who were grieving the loss of loved ones.

She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tony, and her son, Connor.


  1. Debbie Pro

    I am anticipating this book just like you are Lori. I know that it was a labor of love. Even if this book brings comfort to one family out there, I know it will be worth it to you! What a wonderful person you are to have the strength to put such an important resource out into the world. You are a great friend too! Good Luck!

  2. Vicki O

    Hi Lori
    I’m BRCA 1, 43, with 4 sons. Mom and 2 maternal aunts died from OV CA. My brother has BRCA1 prostate CA now @ 46. I have already had my bilateral
    Mastectomy w/ DIEP flap reconstruction and 2 more reconstructions after that….I have my hyst/oopherectomy scheduled for feb 22 & am very anxious. Very worried about surgical menopause and bio ID HRT. Would you mind telling me how that went for you? Perhaps it will bring me some peace. I really am not looking forward to it and losing my life as I know it…in my mind…since I’ve never had cancer. A hard perspective…Thank you.

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