Independence Counselors

Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S


Julia has extensive experience in the fields of hospice and bereavement care. Licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Social Worker, her experiences include caring for the terminally ill and their families, bereavement care services, community education, traumatic death interventions, research, supervision of graduate students, coordination of volunteer programs and development of psychosocial components for hospice programs.


Julia is a skilled practitioner in counseling and program development, with a Bachelor's (Cleveland State University) and Master's Degree (Case Western Reserve University) in Social Work. She has published in The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care and The Exceptional Parent. Julia is a founding board member of the Northeast Ohio Bereavement Council and was active on their board for more than fifteen years. Julia is also on the Alumni Board for Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  She has traveled extensively throughout Africa and Asia, lecturing in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and orphanages. She is on the board of Ancient Path, a compassion organization serving the poor and powerless around the world. 


Julia is currently employed at Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Center as their Clinical Director.  She is a sought-after speaker, delivering presentations to hospitals, nursing facilities and businesses on a weekly basis. 

2963 Blue Jacket Court | Lima, Ohio 45806

p. 419.581.9138

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