I am a certified “From Heartbreak to Happiness”® coach having received my certification from the Grief Coach
Academy® I am the author of “A Caregiver’s Story: 7 Tips to Help Navigate and Find Balance”.
As well I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years working in many areas of health care.
I have provided support to patients and their families during times of illness, stress, death and dying.
I have helped my husband, Bill through many years of appointments, treatments, and procedures after his heart
attack at the young age of 42. I heard the verdict eight months after his retirement that he had end stage cardiac
disease and it “was between him and God now”. We truly wondered which day would be the final one. Five years later
he became quite ill and we both thought he was dying. He was in and out of hospital until finally he rallied, again
and has seemed to be holding his own. Unfortunately, the stress had taken its toll, unbeknownst on me. I couldn’t
sleep. I felt tired and worn out which made working very trying. I didn’t have an appetite or else I felt like I
couldn’t stop eating. I saw the doctor. He asked how I was. I answered, “I feel like I am grieving but he isn’t
dead yet”. And then I wept. Little did I know it was only the beginning......
Not quite a year after that, my husband still going day to day, I began looking at my own
retirement and what I would do in my second adulthood that would be a passion and give me joy.
I resonated with the prospect of helping others through the grief journey that can happen even before a loving
partner dies. Having just started into my life dream by nine days my husband had a massive stroke and was
hospitalized. He began and continues a long road to recovery with many worrisome unknowns.
It is my work in grief coaching that has helped me through my own grief process and will continue
to do so.
Shortly after Bill’s stroke I realized my life mission;
To encourage and motivate, through my coaching, writing and speaking, all women whose partner is dying or has
died to reconnect with their life dreams, soaring from sorrow to happiness, joy and peace.