Oct 20, 2023 11:45 PM
Tim Polakowski
Monarch Grief Center

Monarch Grief  Center is a nonprofit organization in Northwest Ohio specializing in  professional grief services. Our mission is to provide those who are grieving with a place to turn so they feel less alone in their grief journey. We offer individual counseling, specialized support groups, and community outreach and education. Through generous community support, we are able to offset the costs of our professional-level services. We value all grief services in our community and seek to collaborate with all of them to provide the most grief-friendly community possible.

Tim has wanted to be a social worker since he was 12 years old – a calling long in the making. Fast forwarding, prior to cofounding the center, Tim worked in hospice for 10 years – seven of those years were in a clinical supervisory role for 30+ social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors. Tim earned his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan in 2011. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation in the State of Ohio. Tim is certified as an Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker from the National Social Work Association. He also teaches a course, Grief, Loss, and Trauma, to graduate-level social work students at Bowling Green State University. Tim is working towards his Masters in Business Administration (MBA), which should be completed in 2024. The combination of his passion for leadership and helping those through death, dying, and grief has culminated in what is the Monarch Grief Center.


Interesting facts about Tim include that he was a Fulbright Scholar as a English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, has travelled to more than 40 countries, enjoys boating and wake surfing, has twin daughters that were born in 2017, and enjoys eating potatoes in any form.