During the 2017-2018 academic year Lisa conducted an IRB approved research study about loss, grief, and strengths in the lives of this dual role student. Eight themes emerged from the study providing insight for faculty, staff, coaches, student-athletes, and parents.

Lisa was accepted to present her innovative research at the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports Annual Conference in Orlando, Fl., she was named the NWU 2018-2019 Faculty Scholar of the Year, and continues to present her research locally and regionally at conferences, to civic organizations, sports teams & coaches, and constituents on campus.

Contact Lisa if you are interested in learning more about her research.

"I met Lisa when she directed a First Plymouth Grief Club. Lisa helped me.  She arranged the group setting to help us share how we were coping with our losses, yet not to compare or 'one up' experiences.  Lisa gently encouraged us to tell our stories. We safely laughed and cried together.  Her guidance to 'go through the grief' helped me to not shun sadness and to try to be insightful about it.  Our discussions were about the individual nature of our healing, the many 'right' ways to do it. I made some friends in these groups. We continue to quote Lisa and refer to her techniques and summaries. Lisa helped me. I'm stronger, more durable."
~Phyllis Arth, Lincoln, Nebraska

“Someone once observed that the longest journey a person will undertake in life is the distance between the head and the heart. Lisa Borchardt has clearly made the round trip. Her work is the beautiful expression of a searching intellect and an emotional adept. She illumines the human experience – with its glories and struggles – while providing practical and inspirational ways for the person to soar. She is a gifted speaker who knows how to delight and challenge an audience. Laughter and tears abound when Lisa takes you on life’s journey.”
~ Dr. Rev. Jim Keck, Senior Pastor
First Plymouth United Congregational Church

“Lisa Borchardt’s presentation on compassion fatigue was both uplifting and insightful for the hospice team. So much of the work done in hospice care requires a pouring out of self, and oftentimes staff becomes weary and run down. Lisa’s presentation to the hospice team gave an encouraging perspective on self-care for one of the most spiritually and emotionally draining fields in the medical care industry. Her self-assessment tools were helpful for staff to step back and observe how the very important work we do impacts our beings. Lisa’s information and presence gave our team a sense of renewal.”
~ Caitlin Mason, Bereavement Coordinator
Tabitha Health Care

“Lisa led our staff in an exercise to recognize unsafe ways that people deal with grief and how to help them out of unhealthy coping mechanisms. She spoke about healthy healing and what coping with grief in a healthy way should look like. Lisa is a presenter who is positive and entertaining, but wise and knowledgeable at the same time. She engaged our entire staff by being energetic, authentic, and humorous. Lisa presented to our group with poise and a deep knowledge on the topic of loss and grief. I would highly recommend Lisa Borchardt for trainings related to loss and grieving.”
~ Melissa Rogers, Human Resources Coordinator

Friendship Home

“On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter, I would like to thank you for presenting at our 2016 Annual Conference. Your presentation contributed greatly to the great attendance this year. Thank you for joining us in this important work of celebrating social work.”
~ Terry Werner, Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter





“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

Contact Lisa to discuss potential opportunities for: speaking engagements, workshops, individual counseling, group facilitation, or as a keynote speaker.

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Lisa Borchardt facilitates small group conversations, individual counseling, and workshops focusing on grief, loss, death, and healing. She delivers presentations at professional conferences and for various organizations.


Journey Through Living is a venture started by Lisa Borchardt in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her 27th year of practice. She is a Grief Counselor, and a Full Professor of Social Work at NWU.


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Melisa M. Borchardt & Journey Through Living © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2019.

 "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," Lao-Tzu

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Lisa's current research and presentations: "Loss in Division III Sports: A Photovoice Narrative of Loss and Grief in Student-Athletes at Nebraska Wesleyan University."