Losing a loved one is much too difficult to deal with alone. Grieving hearts need love and support, and lots of it. Many of us don't know where to turn or what to do to heal our broken heart. Even our family and friends who want to help, don't know what to do, what to say, or even what not to say. This book will help you find, hope, peace, and joy while keeping your loved one near your heart forever. If you are feeling stuck in your grief, learn how to find your power and stop being the victim. This book is a combination of story, self-help for grievers and their families, and personal experience of loss and hope. This is the book I wish I'd had when I lost my spouse to suicide on February 17, 2011.
Linda Marshall is an entrepreneur, author, certified grief specialist & life coach, trainer, speaker, mental health advocate, and hypnotherapist. She has lived through tragedy and loss in her own life and is now passionate in helping others heal and grow through their grief. After beginning her new studies in late 2011 focused on grief and recovery, she volunteered with the Halifax Regional Police, Victim Services, helping victims of domestic violence, sudden death, and sexual assault. She currently loves teaching suicide intervention skills (ASIST) to students, first responders, military, health care workers, teachers, and community volunteers.
She lost her first marriage of 13 years due to addictions and became a single parent with two daughters. Years later on February 17, 2011, her spouse Barry lost his battle to mental illness and suicide. This tragedy left her and her family shattered. After this traumatic event in her life, Linda moved back to her hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was suddenly an empty nester. She left her successful career in the corporate world in Toronto for a new life and switched gears to help others in grief. This meant advancing her education in a completely different field at the age of 45.
Linda continues to help others in her private practice through writing, speaking, teaching, coaching, and hypnotherapy. In addition to her office practice, she often provides her services internationally through video conferencing.
Linda married her current husband Jon, a retired military veteran on December 31, 2014. She has two married daughters Amanda (Ryan) & Alisha (Rob), one stepson Tyler (Brittany), and three grandchildren (Theresa, Parker & Adeline).
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"Linda, I’m typing this note while the plane is descending.. I didn’t have a texting package while in Cuba, but wanted to send my first msg to you to tell you how very proud I am of You and I’m so proud for your book. When I finished reading the last page I couldn’t hold back my tears. For all of our past experiences, our friendship and for our moving forward and always in growth in our grief. Thank you and I’m so proud to be a small part of this. ❤️ I love you Linda x"
"It is incredibly powerful and important message. I was crying at many points."
"Just want to say thank you I received your book yesterday and I read it today. Very touched and inspired by your book. It's so good I could not put it down and read the whole thing."💓
"Thank for writing such a helpful book! We have lost a dad and a mom recently and a sweet young lady just this month to brain cancer. Your book is full of really helpful advice when seeking to comfort someone who has lost a loved one. What not to say and that our presence is a comfort. I (Judy) lost my best friend to suicide and even 20 years later, I still have feelings of regret that I could not help her more.
I admire you and your gumption to face trials head on. If we did not have faith in a merciful, loving Heavenly Father where would we be?"
"It’s My Grief & I’ll Cry If I Want To”
"was one of most realistic books on grieving
that I read"
"you did a wonderful job to putting this great book all together. We need more positive books like that ...so many people choose to be stuck in grief and hurting themselves even more ... you need to write more :) ... By the way I loved your analogy with the diamond neckless ... it is so true."
"I just finished your book. It was very interesting and informative. Deanna’s story sure brought back a lot of memories of the night of March 22, 1973 when I lost my father and brother in a car accident and my grandmother passed away with cancer. It is one night I will never forget. Thank you so much for sharing your story and that of others whom you interviewed."