Our Authors

  1. Veronica Clarke

    I was 38 years old and the mother of 3 teenaged sons and a 10 year-old daughter when I became a widow. My fairy tale world was shattered. I lost my best friend and the love of my life. How do you recover from something like that? How do you even...
  2. Julie Toone

      I was born and raised in South Jordan, UT. I am a Mother, Wife, Blogger and Inspirational Speaker.   I married my sweetheart Jake in the summer of 1996.  We had 4 kids together and lived happily until a tragic work accident took Jake’s life.  I was left a young widow to raise 4...
  3. Sandra Winchester

    In February 2000, I married my Prince Charming, a widower who had lost his first wife to suicide, giving me the opportunity to be a step-parent to his three teenagers from his first marriage. We were also blessed to have two beautiful daughters together. On November 28, 2011, we received...
  4. Ashlee Birk

    I am the author of the blog and book series entitled The Moments We Stand.  In them, I tell of my personal journey of healing and seeking peace after the murder of my husband Emmett. On March 11, 2011 Emmett was shot and killed in a Walgreens parking lot by the husband of a...

  Other Contributors

  1. Alyssa Mills

    Soon after completing my second round of school, I met the love of my life, Bryan Mills. We married in February of 2014, the start of my happily ever after. However, as all fairy tales have a little bit of a twist, my one and only was called home only...
  2. Ashley Gardner

    My husband Tyson and I spent eight childless years struggling silently with challenges of infertility. Our struggle ended with the birth of quadruplet baby girls, two sets of identical twins. I know what it is like to pray for eight long years — often feeling abandoned, alone and isolated; having my faith tested to...
  3. Christopher Hostetter

    I lost my wife Ali in a tragic vehicle accident where she sacrificed her life to help a stranger. We were only married for 8 months, but we made every moment count when we were together. Ali was loved by everyone and was a middle school teacher who made an impact in her students’ lives. I...
  4. Corey Stanford

    I am a Certified Professional Coach dedicated to helping younger widows and widowers expand their vision for the future and achieve balanced and fulfilling lives. I married Tiffanie Kimball Stanford in 2014, and together we raise our three boys in Fayetteville, AR. I live by the adage, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” You can contact...
  5. Jensen Parrish Hall

    I served an LDS ASL mission in Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington from February 2013-February 2014.  After The accidental death of my mother, father and two youngest brothers, I returned home.  Shortly after, I started my blog, “A New Normal.” I relay my experience with grief and share my experiences, relating to my faith...
  6. Jodi Heitz

      My husband and father of my 3 beautiful children (ages 12, 8, 6), committed suicide in August 2014 after taking medication for a head and back injury he sustained only 8 months earlier. We are devastated by this great loss but find comfort in family hugs and a heartfelt...
  7. Karen Millsap

      I became a widow at 29 when my husband was murdered while leading his CrossFit class one evening. I encountered so many secondary losses and life literally came crashing down; this left me in a numb state, I was operating on auto pilot.  After a year, I was suddenly...
  8. Lynette Mattix Wilson

    I am an Arizona native. I met my husband, Tod, in high school and we married seven years later. We were married for 16 years and have five children, one daughter and four sons.  Tod served on active duty for the Army for 15 of those 16 years. While in Germany, our 3-year-old twins were...
  9. Marcie Cragun

    I am a young widow and the mother of two handsome, rambunctious little boys. Born and raised in Utah, I met my sweetheart 2 weeks after my high school graduation and we were inseparable ever since. Seven short years later, in 2011, we were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple....
  10. Marcie Lyons’ Bio

      In July of 2008 the unimaginable happened. My husband passed away at age 40. I was now a single mom of 6 kids. This was NOT what I had expected from life. I thought death happened to other people?! I had so many phone calls and caring people stop by...
  11. Mari van Ormer

    On the morning of April 1, 2014, my husband went out to start the car. Charles ran his own law firm, and just like any other morning, he was dressed in a suit, ready to head off to the Courthouse. But when he walked back inside, he fell on the...
  12. Melinda Mack

    My entrance into grief came crashing into existence the day I found out my son’s heart was no longer beating and I would have to deliver his tiny body.  On October 21, 2014 I was plunged into another pool of grief when my husband, who had lived with depression for...