Barbara J. Hopkinson

Barbara HopkinsonBarbara founded and leads both A Butterfly’s Journey (ABJ, a 501c3 nonprofit) and The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, MA, a grief support chapter (part of TCF USA). She is an author of multiple books, a writer and co-author for several Grief Diaries, and a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. As part of ABJ, Barbara created ‘Portraits of Loss’ photo shoots to encourage open expression of grief, loss and love… which ABJ will host on this cruise (as well as being an event sponsor).  Participants are photographed expressing a phrase meaningful to them, and will later have access to their photos.  Barbara has led bereaved families through the journey of grief for fifteen years, after the sudden death of her twenty-one-year-old son, Brent. Prior to that, she lost a stillborn son, Robbie, and a baby through  miscarriage. Her background is international corporate technology, including IBM.  She resides north of Boston with her husband.  Their blended family includes four adult children, their partners and a baby grandson.

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