David Roberts

David J. Roberts, LMSW, CASAC, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, after his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and is also an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology-child life departments at Utica College, Utica, New York. He is a volunteer for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc, in New Hartford, New York and the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends of the Mohawk Valley.

Dave has presented several workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends and Bereaved Parents of The USA, in the past. Dave was also the opening keynote speaker at the 2011 national gathering of the Bereaved Parents of the USA in Reston, Virginia. He is also a featured speaker, workshop presenter and coach for Aspire Place.(www.aspireplace.com).

Dave is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation and The Grief Toolbox. He has contributed articles to several other grief and self- improvement sites and publications, as well. Dave has co-authored two books with Linda Findlay of Mourning Discoveries. One is on navigating grief during the holidays and the other is on pet loss. He is also a Huffington Post blogger.

One of Dave's articles” My Daughter is Never Far Away" can also be found in the book Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing and Loss.

Excerpts from Dave's article for The Open to Hope Foundation, called The Broken Places, were featured in the 2012 Paraclete Press DVD video, Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One.

Dave has also appeared on Open to Hope’s radio show, Healing the Grieving Heart show and their television show, Finding Hope After Loss.

Dave’s website: www.bootsyandangel.com is devoted to providing support and resources for individuals experiencing loss.

The Importance of Transient Angels in our Grief Journeys No Comments

I believe that some people were meant to grace us with their presence for a brief moment in time… never to be heard from again. However, the effect that they had on us in that moment helped us negotiate a moment or series of moments during a difficult transition in our lives. I want to introduce you to the…

A Day of Rebirth No Comments

I originally wrote this piece for my blog on March 1, 2014, my daughter Jeannine’s 11thangelversary date. Since year nine of my life as a parent who has experienced the death of a child, I have written about the teachings I have discovered when spending time with Jeannine on her angelversary date. I wanted to again…

Colors Of The Spirit: We Are All One In Grief No Comments

From July 11, 2014 through July 13,2014, I attended the 37th National Conference of The Compassionate Friends in Chicago, Illinois.I have been attending and presenting workshops for this great organization whose focus is to provide hope and support to families who have experienced the death of a child, since 2008. I always look forward to meeting old friends, making new ones ,and for the opportunity to share…

The Upside Of Sadness In Our Grief Journeys No Comments

During the last few days of my existence, I have experienced more sadness than usual. Considering that I am a parent whose child died over 11 years ago, I could justify my sadness as something that I was entitled to because of my daughter Jeannine’s death. However, entitlement hasn’t been a part of my vocabulary…