BARBARA J. HOPKINSON
Barbara Hopkinsonis an author, certified grief recovery specialist, and healing advocate who has led bereaved families through the journey of grief for more than thirteen years. The sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old son, Brent, and the loss of two babies previously launched Barbara on a spiritual journey that changed her life forever. She founded a chapter of The Compassionate Friends, but wanted to help others on a broader scale. Her unique perspective from losing multiple children and witnessing so many other bereaved families in grief formed the basis of her first book, A Butterfly’s Journey: Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child. She also founded the nonprofit A Butterfly’s Journey to a New Normal, authored numerous books, and travels the country helping those who are struggling with grief to find their new normal. Learn more at
RABBI MEL GLAZER, DD, DMIN
Mel Glazer, DD, DMIN, is Rabbi of Temple Shalom and is a native of Atlanta, GA. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation at Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Rabbi Glazer was sent by his Rabbi, Harry H. Epstein, of blessed memory, to Akiba Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia and the Joint Program (now known as List College) at JTS and Columbia University. He earned a BA in 1969 in Philosophy and a BHL in Hebrew Literature, followed by an MA in 1973 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1974. He has served pulpits in the United States, Canada and South Africa since then, and has been the Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs since July 2007.
In 1995 Rabbi Glazer earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His dissertation explores numerous sociological and theological perspectives on death and mourning. Rabbi Glazer is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and has conducted many individual and group Grief Recovery Seminars. In March 2001 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Jewish Theological Seminary, as a tribute to his quarter century of service to the Jewish People. His wife Ellen is a Life Skills Coach and Behavioral Specialist, with a particular interest in Asperger Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties.
Mitch Carmody, GSP, CCP is a writer, artist, grief educator and a nationally recognized motivational speaker has his own YouTube channel known as MrHeartlight. He is the author of several books, and hosts his own Radio Show “Grief Chat”. He is a Grief Facilitator for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S) of military loss, member of The Association of Death Education and Counseling (A.D.E.C.) and has served on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest grief support organization in the world.
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Glen has been very involved in local chapters of the Compassionate Friends in New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as with the national organization. Glen began ARC Marketing and has founded The Grief Toolbox with the hope of it being an available resource for the bereaved and those who work to help them.
Deana Martin is a childless parent, who lost her only two children in a tragic auto accident in 2011. Miraculously, Deana was spared her only granddaughter who was in the car behind them. Since the death of her children Deana has become a certified grief specialist and has channeled the love for her children to other families facing loss. She is vice president of Cry For Me, No More, co-author of Grief Diaries: Loss of a Child and serves on the board of the National Grief & Hope Coalition. She has faced many adversities in life and feels each one makes her stronger. She is a breast cancer survivor, and is no stranger to trauma. She hopes to help people heal by showing them how to find the strength and courage needed along the journey.
Journeys of Hope Healing and Health
Linda B. Findlay became a bereaved parent with the loss of her infant daughter, Aubrie Marie. Linda founded Mourning Discoveries, Grief Support Services in 1991. Since that time she has filled the role of Aftercare Coordinator for funeral homes currently representing over 300 of them in 25 states and Canada. Linda has also continually facilitated several bereavement support groups as a hospice volunteer and is an AARP Widowed Person Service volunteer trainer and outreach provider. She is a member of the Death and Loss Education Coalition, Inc. located in upstate NY. In a style reflecting compassion, personal loss, experience by working with bereaved families, and special training, she effectively communicates with bereaved families. Through the sharing of personal stories and professional experiences with both integrity and credibility, Linda provides valuable tools, understanding, solid practical ways to help the bereaved.
CELYNN MCCLARRINON, LSW
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist
When human beings experience grief and loss, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is guiding grievers to recovery by allowing them to express their truthful thoughts and feelings and taking actions to help heal their broken hearts. Using the Grief Recovery Method, I have witnessed many grievers say good-bye to the pain and isolation caused by a significant loss of any kind while holding onto fond memories and images of their loved ones. I hold the hope for each griever and guide them through the actions they need to take to regain their sense of well-being.
After experiencing the death of my mother in 2007, I felt lonely and was in search of healing. In the years since, I have actively worked through my grief and am compelled to reach out, help others and offer that same hope to the grieving community. I discovered the Grief Recovery Method® and resonated with the action based approach that I had been looking for in the midst of my own personal grief. I became certified by The Grief Recovery Institute® as a Grief Recovery Specialist in 2011, allowing me to lead Grief Support Groups and One On One programs.
My educational background includes a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University in Portland, OR and a B.A in Communications from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame IN. When not seeing clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. I am a Colorado native and love being outside whether I am biking, hiking, or enjoying the patio.
Robyn Faust Gabe
Death enters people’s lives on a daily basis whether or not we recognize it. Death is in the books we read, the songs we listen to, the fictional and non-fictional programs we watch, and on our bookmarked web pages. The media, society, and fantasy novel authors seem to glorify death. That is until death personally touches them.
Unexpected loss generates different, unforeseen consequences for all surviving family members due to the shifting in family dynamics. I lost my brother on February 13, 2006. He was twenty-three years young. I struggled for many years with the question – Am I still a sibling? I was able to answer the question after undergoing a New Identity Transformation. The journey for me began when I started the doctoral program.
I am a recent Ph.D. graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In my research, I explore intrapersonal conflicts that result from unexpected events/losses for the adult sibling. My research is dedicated to my brother.
I am in the process of writing a self-help book on Unexpected Adult Sibling Loss. When I am not working or writing, I spend time with my loving family.
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