Brenda Paik Sunoo

Orange County, California

Brenda Paik Sunoo


Brenda is a certified Grief Recovery Institute® specialist, specializing in grief recovery at the workplace. She is the founder of Compassion at Work ( a consulting firm that provides assistance to Human Resource managers whose employees have experienced a loss. She has helped corporate, government and non-profit organizations address losses due to death, long-term illness, workplace violence and catastrophic events.


After the sudden death of her 16-year-old son, Tommy, in 1994, she co-facilitated the Orange Coast, California chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international, non-profit organization that assists bereaved parents.


Brenda, also a Reiki Master, is continuing her research, consulting and freelance journalism on cultural diversity, grief and spirituality. She has published three books: "Seaweed and Shamans--Inheriting the Gifts of Grief," "Vietnam Moment" and "Moon Tides--Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea." All are available on


Other Publications:

  • Facing Grief at the Workplace: How and Why to Help Your Employees Heal, (1997). (Winner of a Maggie Award in Public Service Category).
  • Managing Workplace Grief - Vision and Necessity, Volume 2, Number 3, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal
  • Joint Venture: Koreans and Blacks, Rice Magazine
  • Daily news stories on a short-term basis for the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Edition
  • Beyond the Crucible: Responses to Anti-Asian Hatred
  • News Editor of Korea Times: English Edition. Brenda covered minority community news and features between 1989 and 1993.

Former senior editor of Workforce Magazine


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