The loss of a child is beyond comprehension for those who have not experienced it; no words can adequately describe the pain and agony that tears through your body. Most parents consider the possible death of their child as the worst fate imaginable; however, unless they are faced with the unfortunate circumstances personally, it is impossible to fully understand. Outside of those who have experienced it, many have no idea how common loss of a child actually is. Before losing my daughter, I was completely unaware of the vast number of bereaved parents all around me…
Jennifer L. Scalise is a devoted, single mother who resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her two children, Blake (18) and Paige (9). Despite enduring such a tragic loss, through her new found faith, Jennifer has gone on to find miraculous peace. She slowly overcame harrowing challenges and transformed her life. After 20 years dedicated to a career as Vice President/Sales for a fortune 500 company, in 2012, she left it behind and now devotes her life to helping others. Jennifer strives to help others understand that ultimately it is your disposition, not the circumstance, that determines how hardship and tragedy affect your life. Your perception of life often changes after enduring hardship. This is key. Your mindset plays as crucial a role in your future and happiness as does the event itself. Scalise says she views hardship as merely an opportunity for our souls to grow in this classroom of life.
Jennifer brought to life the Brooke Scalise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on increasing the faith in junior high school-aged children by providing church camp scholarships to a diverse group of youth in honor of Brooke. To date, the foundation has awarded almost 200 scholarships. Alongside her efforts in building awareness regarding the dangers of traveling to third world countries, Scalise is an active member of Concerned Families for ATV Safety and continues to share her strength with others who have lost a loved one through various national and regional grief organizations.
Jennifer has always had tremendous passion for leading and inspiring, as such her career has always centered on doing so. Although she no longer leads as an executive in the corporate world, her chosen path still focuses on inspiring others. She strives to help others suffering hardship find their faith. She says there is no greater peace than that which comes with from knowing with certainty that our loved ones live on with us spiritually and that life is indeed eternal. Having grown in her faith through this experience has given her tremendous strength to step outside her comfort zone and live a life unlike any she could have ever before imagined.