ANNAH ELIZABETH

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Child

Grief Diaries: How to Help the Newly Bereaved

Annah Elizabeth is an author, speaker, and the creator of The Five Facets Philosophy on Healing™, a groundbreaking guide that helps us live our best lives even in the face of adversity. She also authored the book, Digging for the Light. Motivated by personal tragedy, Annah Elizabeth set out to uncover the secrets that allow some people to triumph over tragedy. Through her explorations of loss, grief, and healing, Annah not only discovered that the answers are as universal as the mystery itself, but also unearthed essential grief event recovery tools which she assembled into an innovative program, one that teaches us how to solve grief puzzles by identifying, evaluating, and refashioning conflicts with intent and purpose. Annah’s work pioneers a new discussion and provides the roadmap that helps us make the transition from grief to healing. 

Author Brenda Kleinsasser
Author Deana Martin

STEPHANIE MALCOLM

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Pregnancy

Stephanie and her husband of almost seventeen years have seven young children. Aside from being a busy mother and wife, she enjoys walking, reading, and learning new ways to be frugal. Stephanie volunteers at her children’s school and is also involved in different ministries at her church. She is especially passionate about ministering to mothers who have lost their children. Since the age of thirteen, Stephanie has kept a journal of her life and has passed along the journaling tradition to each of her children.

Author Annah Elizabeth
Author Marykay Schreiner

MARY POTTER KENYON

Grief Diaries: Poetry & Prose and More

Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a highly sought-after speaker for grief groups, and the author of over five hundred articles and essays and five books, including the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace (Familius, 2010). Ten of Mary’s devotions were included in the Hope in the Mourning Zondervan Bible. She lives in Manchester, Iowa, with two of her eight children.

Award-winning author Lynda Cheldelin Fell
Author Amelia Joubert

NICOLA BELISLE

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide

Originally from the south coast of England, Nicola Belisle moved to the United States with her Coast Guard husband, Rich, in 1992. She and Rich, along with their three daughters, made their home in Kodiak, Alaska, where Nicola still lives. Several years ago, Nicola began quilting, and now owns her own business creating colorful, beautiful quilts. She is the Kodiak group leader for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, honoring past and present service members who have been touched by war with the comfort of a patriotic quilt. Nicola is an avid reader and loves being outdoors hiking with her two dogs, fishing, or just being with a few close friends.

author Linda Bateman Gomez

DAPHNE GREER

Grief Diaries: Will We Survive?

Daphne Greer enjoyed a long career as a parole officer until losing her young daughter in a car accident in  2005. She has since found new purpose and passion in her nonprofit organization Lydia’s Love, which provides birthday celebrations to children in need. She volunteers for nonprofit organizations including The Compassionate Friends and Ellie’s Way, and owns The Compassionate Courier that delivers comfort and hope to grieving hearts. Learn more at thecompassionatecourier.com.

LAYNE MARTIN, R.N.

Grief Diaries: Loss of Health

Layne Martin was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is a retired R.N. While at the top of her career in emergency medicine administration, at age 47 her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a destructive autoimmune disease. Soon Layne was plagued with the debilitating effects of the arthritis and was forced into early retirement, leaving a profession that she dearly loved. Today, Layne volunteers her time writing blogs as a regional outreach manager and patient advocate for CreakyJoints. She will soon undergo her second hip replacement.

Author Stephanie Malcolm
Author Dianne West

HEATHER WALLACE-REY

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Parent

Heather Wallace-Rey was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has been active in ministry for eighteen years and has led workshops that benefit youth and Christian educators. Heather is a church administrator, and is a popular speaker at Faith & Grief events. Heather and her husband David are the parents of the five most wonderful young people in the universe. Heather enjoys blogging, gardening, public speaking, and spending time with friends and family. Heather is author of Faith, Grief and Pass The Chocolate Pudding.

JENNIFER CLARKE

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Pregnancy

​Grief Diaries: Life with an Alcoholic

Jennifer is the mother of three living children (son Jalen, daughter Jasiya, and son Jaden) and an angel baby (Jasmine). She was raised in Downers Grove, Illinois, and currently resides in a neighboring suburb with her children and her longtime partner, Troy. Jennifer has been a registered nurse in obstetrics since 2004. She is a member of the Perinatal Bereavement Committee at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where she created Baby Jasmine’s Angel Nursery and raised funds through a GoFundMe campaign to donate a CuddleCot to the hospital in her daughter’s memory. Her goal is to raise the funds to donate more CuddleCots to hospitals nationwide.

Author Marilyn Rollins

STEPHEN HOCHHAUS

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of Men

Stephen Hochhaus was born in December 1948 in Douglas, Arizona, and moved with his family to Phoenix at the age of ten. He developed a love for art, thanks to his aunt who taught and nurtured him. He also developed a passion for flying and received his pilot’s license at age eighteen and his commercial license by age twenty. Stephen graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in art and married his first wife in 1970. The couple had two sons and divorced in 1990. Stephen started his picture framing business in 1972, which he still operates today. In 1981 he partnered in an airplane with a gallery owner, transporting artwork around the Southwest. His partner died suddenly in 1991, and Stephen kept the airplane, which he still flies today. Stephen met his wife Kathy, Canadian by birth, in 1995, when she began doing accounting for his company, and as he would say, “It was magic.” They married in 1998 on the anniversary of the day they first met.

JUNE ALEXANDER

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder

June Alexander is a grandmother, writer, and international award-winning advocate in the field of eating disorders. She developed anorexia nervosa at age eleven in 1962, an illness which has largely shaped her life. Today June is a non-fiction storyteller, with a special passion for the diary. Her latest title, Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders -- The Diary Healer, is the main component in her Ph.D. in Creative Writing.June resigned from a long-time career in print journalism in 2007 to write her memoir, A Girl Called Tim – Escape From An Eating Disorder Hell. This sharing of her inner story led to the writing of more books about eating disorders, both for health practitioners and mainstream readers. June enjoys presenting life-writing workshops to people of all ages, and believes everyone has a story to tell. Involved in eating disorder advocacy at local, national and international level, June lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her family comprises four children and five grandchildren who are her best “medicine” and are experts at ensuring she lives in the moment. 

LYNDA CHELDELIN FELL

Creator of Grief Diaries 

Lynda Cheldelin Fell is an award-winning and international bestselling author, radio and film producer, and inspirational visionary who is passionately dedicated to serving those struggling with life’s challenges and stigmatized experiences. Lynda is CEO of AlyBlue Media, and the creator of the Grief Diaries brand of books, radio, and film. Considered a pioneering visionary, Lynda creates ground-breaking projects dedicated to raising awareness and compassion, teaching others that they hold the power to change someone’s life with just one smile, and inspire hope that life can be full and rich in the aftermath of loss. Lynda believes that inside every human is a story worth telling, and is passionate about helping people share their journeys through life’s most challenging losses.

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Bestselling author Stacy Roorda
Award-winning author Bill Downs
Author Donna R. Gore MA

MICHAEL GERSHE

Grief Diaries: Hit by Drunk/Drugged Driver

Michael Gershe was born in Suffern, New York. At 8 weeks of age, he broke nearly every bone in his body when the family car was hit by a drunk driver. Michael's mother didn't survive. Michael has a degree in communications from Ashland University in Ohio, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. While in graduate school, he created The Magic of Life program which combines stand-up comedy with his story for an inspirational non-doom and gloom alcohol awareness and impaired driving prevention program. He has been speaking for over twenty years at schools, colleges, military bases and courts. In April 2015, he founded The Magic of Life, Inc, (www.themagicoflife.org) a nonprofit organization that works to prevent impaired driving and help those impacted by it. Michael is a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins and a member of the KISS Army.

CHRISTINE BASTONE

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Sibling

Christine Bastone is a stay-at-home mom in her forties who has only recently figured out that she wants to be a writer when she grows up! She was born in northeast Ohio and moved to Florida in May 1995. She married Angelo Bastone in July 1997. They have a son, Joshua, born in 2001 and a daughter, Katelyn, born in 2004. The four of them live together in their house at the end of a quiet street in central Florida. Christine has always loved to read, and was thrilled when her husband gave her a Kindle for Christmas in 2011. She has since read hundreds of Kindle books. Christine contributed to the book, Faces of Suicide, Volume 1, and has been a guest on Grief Diaries Radio twice in 2014. She is currently working on a new book called Advice from Tomorrow.

RYAN BACKMANN

Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case

Ryan Backmann was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his career in the architectural field before tragedy changed his life. On October 10, 2009, Ryan’s father, Clifford Thomas Backmann, was shot and killed during a robbery in what remains one of Jacksonville’s more than 1,200 unsolved murders. After losing his dad, Ryan found a passion for helping others as a victim advocate serving families that had lost a loved one to homicide. That passion evolved and became more specific as his dad’s case went cold. In January 2015 Ryan founded Project Cold Case, Inc. in an attempt to help families of unsolved homicide victims across the country. Through publicizing unsolved cases, working with lawmakers on cold case legislation and advocating for families of unsolved homicide victims, the organization has gained national attention. Ryan is committed to making sure these victims are never forgotten and has worked diligently to bridge the gap between information, families and law enforcement, and continues to work towards the ultimate goal of helping solve cold cases.

AMELIA JOUBERT

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of DID

Amelia Joubert is a mental health advocate who is dedicated to raising awareness about dissociative identity disorder. She and her alters run an online support group for people with DID, blog about their experiences, and host YouTube videos about living with DID. Amelia is published in several books, and is authoring a new book about surviving suicide. joubert.amelia@gmail.com. 

MARY LEE ROBINSON

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of Spouse

Grief Diaries: How to Help the Newly Bereaved

​Grief Diaries: Heaven is For Real

Mary Lee Robinson is a native of Towson, Maryland, graduating from high school there and going on to attend Virginia Tech. Mary Lee has lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She now resides in South Carolina, where she retired (she thought) with her husband shortly before his death. Mary Lee is the National Sales Rep for AlyBlue Media, a Certified Grief Coach, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the author of The Widow or Widower Next Door, and the owner of Rings of Remembrance. She also organizes social clubs for widows and widowers, and hopes to see chapters all over the country one day.

JULIE DOWNS

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Impaired Driving

​Grief Diaries: Shattered

Julie Downs was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. She graduated from high school in 1978, and completed two years of college before she married her soulmate Bill Downs in 1982. She is self-employed part-time, along with being a housewife and mother of two. Her oldest daughter, Cynthia, is mentally challenged and still lives at home. Her second-born son, Brad, is asleep in Jesus. After her son’s death, along with his wife and a young man she loved as a son in 2007, at the hands of a drunk driver, Julie joined and volunteered with MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, until 2014, when she and her husband Bill co-founded Advocates for Victims of Impaired/Distracted Driving (AVIDD). Julie is board secretary, and devotes her time to operating four online Facebook support groups where she lends a listening ear and makes graphics for the members to help comfort and bring awareness to the devastation of impaired driving.

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Author Ryan Backmann

STACY ROORDA

Grief Diaries: Loss of Health

Stacy Roorda is the youngest of five children. After graduating from high school she briefly attended college but wanderlust soon took her on an eight-year adventure around the world. After settling back in her hometown, she met her future husband and they now live in Lynden, Washington, along with their three lively daughters. In 2007, Stacy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage IV breast cancer while pregnant with her third child. She became an international bestselling author, originally sharing her story in The Missing Piece: A Transformational Loss. Her story has also been featured in TheBlaze as well as on Vimeo. Stacy is the Marketing Director for AlyBlue Media.

author Mary Lee Claflin
Award-winning author Julie Downs

DEBBIE PFIFFNER

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder

Debbie Hurlbert-Pfiffner was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended thirteen years of private school, skipped college, and began working in the medical records department of a hospital immediately after high school graduation. She went on to several more clerical jobs before settling in as a public records researcher. She left her job in 2007, eight months after getting married, to be a homemaker and to attend school. She attended a cosmetology school where she obtained and still holds a manicurist license. However, health problems prevented her from working in that field. She is now an author and homemaker. She was married for the first time at age forty-seven, and has been married eight years. She has no children. She comes from a family of four girls, one of whom has passed away. She is an avid NASCAR fan, enjoys reading and crafts, and has traveled extensively around the country for both work and pleasure. 

DIANNE WEST

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Spouse

Dianne West married at eighteen and was blessed to share forty-one years with her husband, Vern. Widowed in 2010, Dianne has dedicated her post-loss life to giving back to the widowed community. In 2013, she became the national volunteer coordinator for Soaring Spirits International, a nonprofit organization committed to providing resources and peer support to people who have lost a spouse or life partner. She currently serves as the administrator of Widowed Village, an online community, and coordinates volunteers for Camp Widow weekends. She also oversees the Soaring Spirits Regional Group program, local communities of widowed friends throughout North America, and co-leads a group in the Las Vegas area. Dianne is also a Brave Girl University mentor.

CARMELA POLLOCK

Real Life Diaries: Living with Endometriosis

Grief Diaries: Grieving for the Living

Carmela Pollock is a devoted wife and mother who actively supports a number of organizations and institutions to provide assistance to mental health caregivers within Australia. Carmela was born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, where she graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in Social Sciences. She is the director and practitioner of Soulworks Essential Therapies, assisting people with mental health, general health, and wellness challenges. Carmela volunteers with Beyondblue to support people who are caring for loved ones with mental illness. Her story transverses nearly two decades caring for her husband with depression, and inspired her to establish A Black Dog About The House, an initiative that encourages and uplifts all mental health carers on their journey. 

Author Heather Rey

BRENDA L. KLEINSASSER

Grief Diaries: Living with a Brain Injury

​Grief Diaries: Living with Rheumatic Disease

Brenda L. Kleinsasser resides in Bismarck, the capital city of North Dakota. She has worked in various medical fields for over thirty years. She served as editor of the CreakyJoints Poet's Corner (& Artists too), for three years, a unique online publication where the emphasis is on encouraging those who live with a chronic illness to allow their creativity to shine. Brenda is a fierce patient advocate for both brain tumors and rheumatoid arthritis, as she has lived with RA for over twenty-five years. She has testified on behalf of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, via the 50 State Network as a super advocate. Brenda also volunteers for Patient Partners in Research with CreakyJoints. In her spare time she enjoys writing her blog, Brenda's Brainstorm and Trevor, a golden retriever who is her helper with spreading awareness and hope. 

CHRISTINE DUMINIAK

Grief Diaries: Hello From Heaven

Christine Duminiak is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, radio host, author, speaker, and founder of Prayer Wave for After-Death Communications. Duminiak has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Fox & Friends, Good Day Philadelphia, The God Squad, the Arizona Midday Show, NBC, CBS, and Coast-to-Coast AM and is a frequent keynote speaker at grief seminars. Christine is the author of Heaven Talks to Children, God’s Gift of Love: After-Death Communications, and the new children’s book, Grammy Visits From Heaven.

Author Sunshine Purcell

ERICA GALE BELTZ

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Child

Grief Diaries: How to Help the Newly Bereaved

Erica Gale Beltz was born in Herrin, Illinois. The family moved frequently, finally settling in western Georgia when Erica was eight. At eighteen, Erica gave birth to her daughter Lakin who was born fighting for her life. Five years later Erica gave birth to Luke. Struggling through alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence, Erica worked backwards to find her footing. Erica has volunteered extensively for The Compassionate Friends including serving as group leader, co-leader, facilitator instructor and event coordinator. She also volunteers for Kate’s Club, a club for grieving children. Her first grandchild, Ava Kate, was due on Luke’s Angel Day, and has brought a joy into Erica’s life that keeps her heart singing.

BARBARA J. HOPKINSON

Grief Diaries: Will We Survive?

Barbara Hopkinson is 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

abutterflysjourney.org.

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Grief Diaries authors come from all walks of life. Some are grief professionals, others are advocates, and still others are stay-at-home moms and dads or retirees who just want to make a difference for others. To join the ranks of a published author, check out the books in progress here. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary.

SHARON EHLERS

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide

Sharon Ehlers was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After the suicides of a close friend and a former fiancé within a two-year period, Sharon was confused about how many people either avoided her or didn’t want to talk about these events. In her grief, she tried to make sense of it all, but it seemed like it was “never the right time” to bring it up with anyone. So Sharon took a deep breath and tried to work through the grief on her own. Her thought was that there had to be a better way. So after working in corporate America for almost thirty years, Sharon decided to start her own company, Grief Reiki® LLC, to offer a multidimensional approach to grief through emotional recovery and spiritual healing. Now a certified grief recovery specialist® and co-author of Grief Diaries: Loss by Suicide, Sharon is helping others to heal and recover from grief by providing them with a safe, compassionate and healing environment for their journey. Her best lesson in life is: “Miracles do happen.”

Author Nicola Belisle

MARYKAY SCHREINER

Grief Diaries: Living with a Brain Injury

MaryKay Schreiner is a registered nurse certified in neonatal intensive care. She is married with four children and seven grandchildren. She has worked at the same hospital for forty-two years and still loves her job. She also helps to care for her son Jordan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident in 2008. In her spare time, MaryKay loves to read, sew, knit, and crafting.

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Author Diane McKenzie Sapp
Author Barbara Hopkinson
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DIANE MCKENZIE-SAPP

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Spouse

Diane McKenzie-Sapp is a Maryland native, and retired as Assistant Director of Nursing and an inspector for Medicare. Diane broke tradition by crafting new unconventional solutions. Seeing an unattractive photo of an open-mouthed tearful girl, she stopped crying at age four. At age six she decided being ticklish was a weakness. She was relentless until her “why nots” were answered. All suffer a broken heart with grief. Finding a way to heal that heart, the child became stronger than the widow. That unwavering determination for solutions to problems by challenging with “Why Not?” led to unconventional ways to view grief and offer widow’s rings through Expressions of Grief, a line of mourning jewelry sold around the world.

LINDA BATEMAN GOMEZ

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of an Infant

Linda Bateman Gomez was born and raised in San Jose, California. In 2009, Linda took a step down the entrepreneurial path, becoming an inventor with a patented natural lip plumper called Fullips. Linda and her husband Dr. Ernesto Gomez were recognized as National Parents of the Year in 2007 by the Parents Day Council. They were also awarded the National Philanthropic Award by St. Vincent De Paul for their family food drive, raising more than 132,000 pounds of food. Additionally, Linda developed a program called Crossroads, designed to help the homeless back on their feet. This ran successfully until 1998 when the city program began. Linda has volunteered twenty-five years for The Compassionate Friends, having lost her oldest son Chad to SIDS in 1986. 

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MARILYN ROLLINS

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Child

Grief Diaries: Poetry & Prose and More

Marilyn Rollins was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and raised in Hessville, Indiana. She attended Morton Elementary and high school in Hessville, and graduated with a Licensed Practical Nurse diploma from Purdue University. Marilyn began her nursing career on the medical floor of a hospital, eventually moving to nursery and then pediatrics. She spent the last twenty years of her career in family practice before retiring following the deaths of her son and granddaughter in 2006. Marilyn attended The Compassionate Friends grief support group after their deaths eventually taking leadership training and becoming a chapter leader herself. She is married and has one living son and six living grandchildren. 

DEANA L. MARTIN

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Child

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.

Author Michael Gershe

MARY LEE CLAFLIN

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of an Infant

​Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Loved One

Grief Diaries: Life with an Alcoholic

Mary Lee Claflin was born in Houston, Texas. She worked for a large Methodist Church as the business manager for over seventeen years before retiring in 2006. Mary Lee was a hospice volunteer for over seven years and sat with many people toward the end of their lives. After having been divorced for fourteen years, Mary Lee married a friend she had known for over thirty years. They enjoyed eight wonderful years together before her husband died of cancer in 2013. She presently lives in Georgetown, Texas.

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KRISTI SMITH

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Spouse

Bestselling author Kristi Smith is a dreamer with a vision of Speaking Life, Cultivating Courage, Sparking Laughter, and Awakening Dreams. She does this through both writing and speaking. Kristi is the author of the #1 bestselling book, DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully.  A degree in Psychology combined with thirty-plus years of ministry experience provides Kristi with a solid knowledge of how the mind, body, and spirit work together. It is this spiritual perspective that transcends the traditional view of grief. Kristi relocated from Ohio to Charlotte, North Carolina, and loves uptown living. Kristi’s greatest joy is being the mother to two beautiful adult daughters, Abbi and Faith.

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Bestselling author Kristi Smith

DONNA R. GORE

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide

Donna R. Gore earned a Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology and immersed herself in all things medical from both sides of the bed. She is a former direct care rehabilitation therapist and as a patient herself, she has endured fifty-eight surgeries, having been born with spastic cerebral palsy. She is an accomplished advocate for all types of crime victims survivors as well as persons with disabilities and LGBT. For over fifteen years she has been employed as a State of Connecticut Human Services Advocate, serving blind and visually impaired clients. She is also an author and host of the weekly radio show Shattered Lives Radio.

Author Mary Lee Robinson

DAVID ALLAN JONES

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of Men

David Jones grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University. He has forty years of experience working in IT. He is active in church, Rotary, Toastmasters, and with a local food pantry. David speaks against drunk driving to an average of 1,500 people every year for MADD and Maryhaven. He is married and has seven children and eleven grandchildren.

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SUNSHINE PURCELL

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of DID

Sunshine Purcell is a mother who lives with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personalities. She and her alters are talented artists, writers and poets who are dedicated to raising awareness about all forms of mental illness. Sunshine hosts YouTube’s Sister Diaries with Sunshine, authored and illustrated Color Your Soul Whole, has contributed to a number of books in the Grief Diaries series, and is producing a line of inspirational and healing greeting cards. Learn more at

sisterdiarieswithsunshine.com.

BILL DOWNS

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Impaired Driving

Grief Diaries: Shattered

Bill Downs was born and raised in south Mississippi, where he met and married his wife Julie in 1982. God blessed them with two children, Cynthia and Brad. Bill retired from the Air National Guard in 2006 and then from the Gulfport City School District in 2015. His wife Julie is self-employed, and also cares for their handicapped daughter, Cynthia. In 2007 when their son Brad, his wife, Samantha, and Chris, a young man they loved as a son, were killed by a drunk driver, their focus turned to advocating and supporting victims of impaired driving. Bill is president and co-founder of Advocates for Victims of Impaired/Distracted Driving (AVIDD), an administrator of four online support groups for victims, and hosts an educational class called AVIDD Voices, where victims share stories with offenders who are court-ordered to attend. 

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