Meet The Presenters
Glen Lord, after graduating from Boston University with a degree in Marketing and Operations Management, he was on the fast track to
accomplishing his goal of being a CEO of a fortune 500 company. The death of his son, Noah, in 1999 put brakes on the life he had so carefully planned. As Glen sought a new path, he realized that there was a need for genuine, accurate grief information. This realization, plus his extensive business experience, fueled the founding of The Grief Toolbox and creation of the Walking Through Grief® program. Both offer a community of grief resources around the world and a marketplace of grief and memorial products. Glen is past president of the national board of directors of The Compassionate Friends. He is a sought-after keynote, inspirational presenter and workshop leader. Most recently Glen has come full circle is Co-Founder and CEO of the International Grief Institute, which provides a variety of grief education opportunities including Grief in the Workplace that promotes success in supporting grieving employees.
Linda 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 and is a Christian Lay counselor for her church in SC. 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.
Lynda Cheldelin Fell
Lynda Cheldelin Fell is creator of Grief Diaries, CEO of AlyBlue Media, co-founder of the International Grief Institute, and international bestselling author of over 30 books including the award-winning Grief Diaries series. Believing in the power of storytelling to heal, she is an international speaker on healing and hope, and has curated the largest collection of grief experiences in the world. She is a certified critical incident stress management educator dedicated to creating a sustainable culture of support through best practice strategies. Lynda has earned four national literary awards and five national advocacy award nominations for her work. Learn more at www.LyndaFell.com.
After the death of their oldest daughter, Laura Diehl, along with her husband, Dave, founded Grieving Parents Sharing Hope (GPS Hope) and travel full time in their Hope Mobile (a 38-foot motor home) encouraging grieving parents on their difficult journey, guiding them to a place of hope, light and purpose. Laura is also a singer, a national speaker at grief conferences, a grief coach, a contributing writer to grief organizations, and has written several books, including the multiple award winning When Tragedy Strikes: Rebuilding Your Life with Hope and Healing After the Death of Your Child (Morgan James Publishing, New York).
Dave and Laura’s home base is in Southern Wisconsin and are the parents of 5 adult children (including Becca who has already received her promotion to heaven) and are blessed with a growing legacy of grandchildren.
Find out more at www.gpshope.org.