Life After Losses is a profoundly personal story of one man’s resilience and optimism in the face of death and grief; my story. I have the authenticity to tell it like it is, having been widowed twice. I’ve learned a thing or two about grief and recovery, plus several life lessons along the way.
I know that we all grieve differently, but we also all go through many of the same emotions and processes. What worked and didn’t my first time informed how I managed to get through the second time.
Through storytelling, I take you with me on my grief journey, sharing practical advice, reassurance, and guidance along the way. You’ll find you’re not alone, and I believe you’ll emerge from the path into the light where you’ll be left with the hope that it does get better. You’ll be uplifted and inspired to heal.
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It has taken me over 20 years to tell my story. I first started writing about it in 1997. It was two years beyond the death of my first husband and I was only 30 at the time. As much as I wanted to share the story then, it wasn't until late 2019 that I felt I was ready. You see, I needed the perspective another 20 years of life would bring, and I needed my second husband's death and my recovery from that trauma to get to a point where I could tell the story truthfully, painfully, and as uplifting as I could make it.
I am a firm believer in paying it forward, from fostering children to working with the local PTO, participating on the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Lunenburg, as vice-chair of the Lunenburg Architectural Preservation District Commission, as a member of the Lunenburg School Committee, among other organizations, I find a way to give back to the community in which I live.
I thought you might want to get to know me a bit, and have a little fun doing it, so I grabbed a bunch of questions from https://museumhack.com/list-icebreakers-questions/ and answer them here.
In late 2019, I became a Board Member and Founder for the Del Shores Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose "mission is to find and facilitate the development of new southern queer artistic voices through bringing together artists and working professionals, amplifying new work and connecting artists to platforms for the creation of the work."
I've contributed to artists to help them get their messages and art out into the world. I've participated in IndieGogo campaigns, Kickstarter campaigns and Patreon campaigns in my support. Through this, I've had the very good fortune to meet some fantastic people and support even more.
Some of these collaborations have led me to co-produce two films to date (A Very Sordid Wedding - 2017 and the Cognitive - 2019) because I believe in their messages of love and inclusion and the empowerment of LGBTQ+ artists.
I've also Executive Produced a Classical Crossover album by three-time Billboard Charting artist Jason Antone titled "Inside My Heart." Jason sings beautifully in 5 languages with a full orchestra.
I'm a single father living in New England with two teenagers and dogs, and they all listen just about the same. That is to say, not at all. But, they're my life.
My immediate family lives in California and my in-laws live in Indiana. I have been fortunate to be able to work from home to be there for my kids as they've been growing up, and I thank my lucky stars every day.
We love to go on adventures and explore the planet, and I've got some adventures planned!
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