Jesse Roberts

Having lost his mother at the young age of 4, and his father at the age of 16, Jesse is no stranger to grief and loss. As a small child, his family did not discuss his mother's death openly, leading to his own personal journey of complicated grief. His father did not know how to cope with the loss of Jesse's mother, and began to deal with her death through using drugs and alcohol to avoid the pain. Jesse desires to use his story, his personal experiences, and his education to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Jesse holds a B.S. in psychology from Gardner-Webb University, and recently completed his M.A./Ed.S. in the Mental Health Counseling program there. In addition to pursuing his dreams of higher education, Jesse works with LifeShare Of The Carolinas as a Family Support Specialist, walking alongside and supporting the families of individuals who have suffered devastating neurological injuries as they navigate the end-of-life decision making process. Before beginning his work with LifeShare, Jesse served as a Community Grief and Bereavement Counselor with Hospice of Rutherford County. He is also the author of "Katie the Ladybug: Explaining Emotions of Grief to a Child," which is a children's book that serves as a creative way of beginning conversations about the ideas of death, loss, and grief. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with his closest friends, who he considers to be family.

Life Interrupted No Comments

On the way to work my boss, Mike, and I, stop to get gas and a bite to eat. As we climb back in the truck, the phone rings. He answers it and steps outside. When he returns, I know something is wrong. “We need to run by the church. I have to sign some papers for a committee I’m on,” he says. Then there is silence…

It’s OK to Remember No Comments

July 15, 1993 is the day that my mother, at the age of 35, unexpectedly took her last breath. She was the individual who tucked me into bed each night, made sure I was bathed and fed, and played with me. She was the woman who loved me unconditionally and who taught me how to pray. She was the person who held me for the first time and heard my first words. She was the person I trusted…