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Our expert contributors are all knowledgeable in a particular area of funerals, bereavement, grief, counseling, or end of life care. They are currently, or previously, employed as grief counselors, funeral directors, doctors, caregivers, or in another grief or funeral profession. Many of our experts have experienced a loss and write or speak on the subject.

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Abigail Carter

Abigail Carter

Grief Author

Abigail Carter wrote The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation (HCI, 2008) as a form of catharsis after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Her work has also appeared in SELF magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, MSN.com and MORE.com and she maintains a blog at www.abigailcarter.com. Abigail is also the co-Founder of Writer.ly, an online marketplace where writers can find the people...

Alice Wisler

Alice Wisler

Grief Author & Speaker

Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer's store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn't bad. She's the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation...

Allison Daily

Allison Daily

Grief Counselor

Allison Daily is the co-director of Pathfinders for Cancer Valley Angels, a non-profit serving cancer patients with volunteer services. She is also the grief counselor in the OB Department of Aspen Valley Hospital. She assists women and their families whose pregnancy doesn’t extend to full term. Allison was a board member and President of the Aspen Youth Center. She writes for the following blogs: Intent.com, Genconnect.com, OpentoHope.com...

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton

Grief Author

Anne Hamilton lost her best friend Curtis in a head-on car accident in 1979, two weeks after his high school graduation. Her emotional life became frozen and she has spent the last thirty-four years exploring all areas of self-expression, particularly through stage plays, poetry, theatre, art, and music. She is currently developing her own chamber-play-with-dance entitled ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT, about the way that grief moves through the body...

Audrey Stringer

Audrey Stringer

Grief Author & Counselor

Audrey Stringer has an active palliative support and grief counseling practice called A String of Hope Inc. She is also past chair and educator facilitator for the Sarnia Lambton Palliative Care Association. Audrey Stringer understands the feelings of overwhelming hurt that the loss of a loved one can inflict. She has experienced direct personal loss in three generations of her own family, and has helped countless others in her professional practice...

Barb Roberts

Barb Roberts

Grief Author & Speaker

Barbara M. Roberts has a degree in pastoral care and family counseling from Regis University, and she has been in the field of caring for those who hurt for many years. Her teaching and speaking, as well as one-on-one caregiving and pastoral counseling, have given her broad experience and exposure to the needs of others. "Listening, sharing in another's pain, and being privileged to pray with that person are a gift that God has given to me...

Barbara Rubel

Barbara Rubel

Grief Author

Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBC, CPBC is a nationally recognized leader in the field of compassion fatigue and coping with traumatic loss. Barbara is the author of the best-selling book, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping children and families after a suicide (2nd Ed.) and the 30 hour continuing education course book for Nurses, Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need...

Beth Marshall

Beth Marshall

Grief Author

Good grief. It’s hard to prepare to lose someone you love. Author, Beth Marshall’s family lost three close loved ones in a few short years. Grief is supposed to come in stages, right? Marshall found her grief journey to be unpredictable as waves of sorrow came with no warning. Writing in her prayer journal helped more than anything else in the wake of her mom's sudden death. As Beth saved stories and memories of her mother's life...

Carol Loehr

Carol Loehr

Grief Author

Carol Loehr is the author of My Uncle Keith Died, which addresses children’s questions about suicide and depression. Carol’s only son, Keith Loehr, died at the age of 29 by suicide in 1999. She created and continues to maintain www.TheGiftofKeith.org, a website to help comfort and educate survivors of suicide, as well as clergy, health care professionals, and counselors. Carol has been an elementary and special-education teacher...

Catherine Tidd

Catherine Tidd

Grief Author

Catherine Tidd is a widow and the Founder of www.theWiddahood.com, a free social support network dedicated to anyone who has lost a significant other. She is also a writer, public speaker, and mother to three young entertaining children. She received a degree in English from Rollins College in 1998 and has since worked as a writer, editor, Marketing Manager, and Event Planner. Originally from Louisiana...

Christine Duminiak

Christine Duminiak

Grief Recovery Specialist

Christine Duminiak has been in the field of spiritual bereavement support since 1998. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and an International Spiritual Bereavement Recovery Facilitator. She's the author of "Heaven Talks To Children" & "God's Gift of Love: After-Death Communications". Christine Duminiak is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, radio co-host of Ask the Angels...

Christine Thiele

Christine Thiele

Grief Author

Christine Thiele, M.Ed., is a freelance writer, middle school teacher, and a former professional youth minister. She began writing her blog, Memoirs from Widow Island; A Journey Toward Healing, in 2009 to reach out to others who had experienced great loss. She has also written for The Journal of Student Ministries, YouthWorker Journal, Grief Digest, OpentoHope.com and is a contributing author in Open to Hope, Inspirational Stories of Healing...

Cindy Adams

Cindy Adams

Social Worker

Cindy Adams serves in her church as a Grief Share leader and is a licensed social worker (LMSW). Cindy self-published her book, "A Widow's Pursuit", in 2012 that she has written from her grief experience and where she was led over the years. It is a faith based book in how God kept her on track to pursue different goals and dreams while finding new purpose in life. I was widowed at 34 years of age, with 2 young daughters...

Cindy Shufflebarger

Cindy Shufflebarger

Grief Author & Speaker

Cindy Shufflebarger is a mom who still wrestles with the question, “How many children do you have?” The death of her daughter, Ashlynn, left a void in her life, but she finds hope and healing through her faith in God. The author of Dancing in the Rain: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Storm, she continues to celebrate her daughter’s life and encourages others to find meaning and gratitude as a way to progress through the journey of grief...

David Roberts

David Roberts

Grief Author & Speaker

David J. Roberts, LMSW, CASAC, became a parent who experienced the death of a child; 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 in Utica, New York. Mr. Roberts also developed a topics course on Parental Bereavement issues, and has taught a Death, Dying and Bereavement...

Diane Dettmann

Diane Dettmann

Grief Author

Diane Dettmann’s experience as a literacy staff developer and trainer in the St. Paul Public Schools provided her with skills as a presenter, instructor and writer. She’s pleased that Twenty-Eight Snow Angels was awarded Runner-Up in the 2013 “Beach Book Festival Awards” autobiography category. Diane is a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change, an online news and information website based in New York...

Donna Miesbach

Donna Miesbach

Grief Author

Donna Miesbach is an award-winning author, having received the 2013 Silver Nautilus Award for her book, From Grief to Joy, A Journey Back to Life & Living, in which she tells the moving story of her recovery from the loss of her husband and both parents in a short period of time. Other awards include being named “Inspirational Poet of the Year” by The Poet Magazine in 1985, and their “Editor’s Choice Award” in 1990...

Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Grief Author

Dorothy Foltz-Gray has been a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, and personal essays for 18 years. A former editor of books (business and medical) and magazines (fiction, lifestyle) at Whittle Communications in Knoxville, Tennessee, she is the author of With and Without Her; Clean Sweep; Make Pain Disappear; Alternative Treatments for Arthritis: An A to Z Guide; and co-author of Food Cures...

Doug Manning

Doug Manning

Grief Author & Speaker

My work in grief began when a couple from the church where I was the pastor lost a young daughter from a simple case of the croup. The mother was distraught and crying in the hospital room. The doctor and her husband were trying to calm her when she looked up and said, “Don’t take my grief away from me. I deserve it and I am going to have it.” I found that to be one of the most profound statements about what people in grief need...

Dr. Elisa Medhus

Dr. Elisa Medhus

Physician

Dr. Elisa Medhus is a veteran physician who built and operated a successful private medical practice in Houston Texas for 13 years. Her busy practice served thousands of families. She is also the mother of five children, some of whom have special challenges like Tourette’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, learning differences and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is also the author of three award-winning parenting books...

Gemini Adams

Gemini Adams

Grief Author & Speaker

Award-winning grief expert and author, Gemini Adams, helps individuals, organizations and families to overcome and prepare for the challenges of loss. After losing her mom-a renowned BBC journalist and pioneer against bullying in the workplace-to cancer at a young age, Gemini gained first-hand experience of the pain that is bereavement. Wishing to reconnect with her mother's love, especially during birthdays and celebrations...

Gloria Lintermans

Gloria Lintermans

Grief Author

Gloria Lintermans is a former syndicated newspaper columnist, currently a freelance writer and author. She has also hosted her own cable TV show and radio program. She is the author of The Newly Divorced Book of Protocol (Barricade Books, NY, 1995) and Retro Chic (Really Great Books, LA, 2002) and The Secrets to Stepfamily Success; Revolutionary Tool to Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect (2010)...

Harriet Hodgson

Harriet Hodgson

Grief Author

Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 35+ years and is the author of 32 books, including six grief resources. Her latest resources are Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss and Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids: Grandparents Adapting to Life’s Surprises. Harriet Hodgson is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. A popular speaker, Hodgson has given presentations at local, state, and national conferences...

Irene Kendig

Irene Kendig

Grief Author

Irene Kendig is a bestselling author, speaker, workshop facilitator and soul-centered coach, whose mission is to inspire conscious, joyous living. She is a certified NLP Practitioner and Alchemical Hypnotherapist, with a B.A. cum laude in Psychology from UCLA and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (USM). Irene honed her presentation and group facilitation skills as senior corporate trainer...

Jennifer Scalise

Jennifer Scalise

Grief Author

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...

Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts

Grief Author

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...

Dr. John D. Canine

Dr. John D. Canine

Grief Author, Speaker & Counselor

Dr. John D. Canine, Ed.D., Ph.D. is a noted author, professional speaker, educator and leading expert on grief and bereavement. He is currently the CEO of Maximum Living Consultants, Inc. and he oversees bereavement aftercare services in ten states. Maximum Living provides traditional counseling services as well as telephone and online counseling. Facilitated by a Licensed Counselor, telephone and online counseling...

John Kennedy Saynor

John Kennedy Saynor

Retired Priest & Grief Author

John Kennedy Saynor is a retired Priest in the Toronto Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada and a licensed funeral director. He has had extensive experience in facilitating bereavement support groups and conducting seminars and workshops on various aspects of bereavement counselling. He is the author of Saying Goodbye, Goodbye Grandma, and Buster the Clown is Dead (for children), Dead is a Four Letter Word...

John Pete

John Pete

Grief Counselor & Author

John Pete is a Certified Grief Counselor, Spiritual Author, and Artist. He writes that loss and grief is the most profound experience of our lifetimes, and that there is a path back to our loved ones ahead, in God's time. He believes that every passing day is a journey back to those we have lost, and that faith can help us to cope and move forward. "Our loved ones are not behind us, they are there, on the path ahead"...

Karen Wyatt

Karen Wyatt

End-of-Life Care Expert

Dr. Karen Wyatt graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed Family Practice Residency and a Fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She spent many years of her clinical career as a hospice medical director and has written extensively about end-of-life care, including the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying...

Katherine Ingram

Katherine Ingram

Psychologist

Katherine Ingram, M.A. is a writer and psychologist. She works with clients all across the U.S. as a soul-centered life coach, integrating depth psychology, spirituality and practical guidance to help clients reconnect with their inner wisdom, passion and purpose. She writes a monthly column, Soul Matters, maintains an active blog, and is preparing to publish her first book, Washing the Bones, a memoir about loss and the gift in grief...

Kelly Farley

Kelly Farley

Grief Author

Kelly Farley was caught up in the rat race of life when he experienced the loss of two babies over an 18-month period. He lost his daughter, Katie, in 2004, and son, Noah, in 2006. Like many men, during these losses and the years that followed, he felt like he was the only dad that had ever experienced such a loss. Kelly spent several years trying to put his life back together. He realized during his journey that society...

Kevin Burch

Kevin Burch

Funeral Presider & Eulogy Expert

Kevin Burch is a Professional Funeral Presider and has presided over 100 funerals and delivered around 80 eulogies. He is the author of the eulogy guide "Eulogy Made Simple - how to write and deliver a great eulogy in six simple steps"...

Kimberly Wencl

Kimberly Wencl

Grief Author & Speaker

Kimberly Wencl is a retired wife/mother living in Southern Minnesota. In addition to her volunteer activities with church, hospice and Salvation Army she also writes and speaks on grief, loss and transformation...

Laurel Rund

Laurel Rund

Grief Author

It began in 2009 when a life-changing event transformed me into the woman I am today. Never could I have imagined that the death of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a “new normal,”...

Maria Kubitz

Maria Kubitz

Grief Author

Maria Kubitz lost her four year old daughter in a drowning accident in 2009. In her grief journey, Maria continually tries to find ways to learn from the pain, and maintain a loving, healthy environment for her four other children. She volunteers at a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, and in 2012, Maria created www.aliveinmemory.org – a supportive place where families can share precious memories of the loved ones they’ve lost...

Mary Bart

Mary Bart

Caregiving Expert

Mary Bart is the Chair of Caregiving Matters, a registered charity that offers education and support to family caregivers. She was her parents’ principal caregiver for ten years and first-hand experience in helping aging parents, dealing with family dynamics, protecting parents from elder abuse and working with public and private organizations...

Mary Jane Clayton

Mary Jane Clayton

Grief Author

Mary Jane Clayton's book, Brittany’s Rose, is a tribute to her granddaughter Brittany who lost her life to leukemia 2 weeks after her 5th birthday. This story of grief and healing will take you on a journey from heartbreak to peace of mind and give you the courage to believe in something greater than yourself. It is the story of her healing journey. Mary Jane Clayton grew up in Florida with her mom, dad, two brothers and a sister...

Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Grief Therapist

Mary Jane Hurley Brant is a Grief Therapist with a specialty in loss of a child. She is certified as a Group Psychotherapist and a Certified Leader of the Simple Abundance Principles and Peace and Plenty Workshops. For 33 years she has worked as a Human Relations Counselor concentrating in Jungian studies and depth psychology. Psychotherapy is a sacred and important time and Mary Jane Hurley Brant feels privileged to guide clients...

Megan Aronson

Megan Aronson

Grief Author

After a devastating string of twenty deaths in four years, Megan Aronson now uses her personal experiences to empower others to tend to their pain with conscious intention. She enjoys writing and speaking about the unique healing tools she uncovered through her own grief process, offering practical methods for growth and healing after the death of a loved one, or any other major loss. “By finding tools to express, acknowledge, and honor...

Melinda Lyons

Melinda Lyons

Grief Author

Melinda Richarz Lyons earned a B.A. from the University of North Texas and has been a freelance writer for over forty years. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including Cats Magazine, True West, Nashville Parent, Frontier Times, Reminisce, Kids, Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love, Cincinnati Family Magazine, The Tennessean and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers. An award winning songwriter...

Nan Zastrow

Nan Zastrow

Grief Author & Educator

“Honoring the past and rebuilding the future.” This statement defines Nan’s philosophy for healing grief. She explores her deepest thoughts and feelings about life and death in published articles and books. Many of her chronicles of grief draw on her own life touched by personal grief or the grief of others she has shared. These events and moments become resources for deep self-reflection and produce vivid analogies...

Rachel Kodanaz

Rachel Kodanaz

Grief Author & Speaker

As a motivational speaker, author, grief consultant, and facilitator, Rachel Blythe Kodanaz tackles today’s challenges to help provide encouragement to those who are suffering a loss or setback. She entered the grief world in 1992 when her husband suddenly passed away, leaving her with a two-year-old daughter. Her experience in the management of large corporations led her to develop and publish material about how to support grief...

Sandy Fox

Sandy Fox

Grief Author

Sandy Fox has been a journalist her entire life. She is the author of "Creating a New Normal...After the Death of a Child" with 80 articles on coping techniques and a large resource section, as well as "I Have No Intention of Saying Good-bye" 25 stories of hope and healing after a child's death. Sandy Fox has worked for a daily newspaper and taught journalism for 28 years. Five years after daughter Marcy's death...

Sherry Russell

Sherry Russell

Grief Author & Speaker

Sherry Russell has worked in Grief and Crisis Management for over twenty years. She is the originator of a series of educational Grief and Trauma Workshops(R) which are currently being utilized in Funeral Home Aftercare Programs and in Community Outreach Programs. She is the founder of Catch A Falling Life and Pull Your Own Wagon. Catch A Falling Life is a think tank of educational resources for businesses as well as resources...

Stan Popovich

Stan Popovich

Grief Author

Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: www.managingfear.com. Stan has struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. Stanley has used his writing skills...

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