2019 Bereavement Cruise Presenters

We are very blessed to have our presenters join us on the 2019 Bereavement Cruise.  Each presenter will be sharing their time and their compassionate support with our guests.  All of the workshops will be suitable for any type of loss. Please see tentative workshop titles and descriptions  below.  Please scroll below to see the special activities we have planned as well. We will continue to add workshops as we finalize them. 

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Glen Lord

Glen Lord
Cruise Host

After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Marketing and Operations Management, Glen Lord was on the fast track to accomplishing his goal of being a CEO of a fortune 500 company. The death of his son, Noah, in 1999 put brakes on the life he had so carefully planned. As Glen sought a new path he realized that there was a need for genuine, accurate grief information. This realization, plus his extensive business experience, fueled the founding of The Grief Toolbox and creation of the Walking Through Grief® program, both offer a community of grief resources around the world and a marketplace of grief and memorial products. Glen is past president of the national board of directors of The Compassionate Friends. He is a sought after keynote, inspirational presenter and workshop leader. Most recently Glen has come full circle is Co-Founder and CEO of the International Grief Institute, which provides a variety of grief education opportunities including Grief in the Workplace that promotes success in supporting grieving employees.

Visit:  The Grief Toolbox

Linda Findlay

Linda Findlay
Cruise Host

Linda B. Findlay became a bereaved parent with the loss of her infant daughter, Aubrie Marie. Linda founded Mourning Discoveries, Grief Support Services in 1991. Since that time she has filled the role of Aftercare Coordinator for funeral homes currently representing over 300 of them in 25 states and Canada. Linda has also continually facilitated several bereavement support groups as a hospice volunteer and is an AARP Widowed Person Service volunteer trainer and outreach provider. She is a member of the Death and Loss Education Coalition, Inc. located in upstate NY. In a style reflecting compassion, personal loss, experience by working with bereaved families, and special training, she effectively communicates with bereaved families. Through the sharing of personal stories and professional experiences with both integrity and credibility, Linda provides valuable tools, understanding, solid practical ways to help the bereaved.

Visit: Mourning Discoveries

Barbara Butterfly

Barbara J. Hopkinson
A Butterfly’s Journey

Barbara 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 several books, a contributor and co-author for multiple Grief Diaries, and a GRI certified Grief Recovery Specialist. As part of ABJ, Barbara created ‘Portraits of Loss’ (TM) photo shoots, to encourage open expression of grief, loss and love.  ABJ partners with Journeys and hosts these photo shoots on their cruises.  Participants are photographed expressing a phrase meaningful to them, and later receive their digital 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 by miscarriage. Recently, she also lost her second husband Jim suddenly.  Barbara is well acquainted with grief.  Her background is international corporate technology, including IBM.  She resides north of Boston. Barbara’s family includes her remaining son, three adult stepchildren, their life partners and her grandson.

Visit: Portraits of Loss

Visit: A Butterfly's Journey

Diane Speer

Diane Speer
Way to Wellness – Holistic Lifestyle and Integrative Health Education

Diane Speer, Founder and Director of Way to Wellness, is a pioneer specializing in the health science field of mindfulness with over 25 years in education, research and programming in the integrative healing arts and mindfulness. As a Yoga Therapist, Yoga and Meditation teacher trainer, Reiki Master, Grief Support Specialist, Aroma therapist, and a Holistic Lifestyle Coach she has served thousands with therapeutic lifestyle programs and professional trainings based in yoga, meditation mindfulness practices. Diane is no stranger to significant loss through her personal journey and professionally with clients. She has developed a repertoire of transformative lifestyle techniques and programs that educate about holistic health and healing for wide ranging specializations including mental wellness, stress, Hospice care, grief care and chronic disease management.  

Diane brings a unique blend of experience, understanding and practicality to all of her trainings, seminars and workshops, in a supportive and compassionate environment.  She partners with teams of therapists, health care providers, educational institutes, researchers, communities and businesses focusing on implementing a new healthcare paradigm representing the forefront of integrative mindfulness healthcare, empowering people to live healthier, more mindful and fulfilling lives. Diane is thrilled to be joining the Bereavement Cruise again in 2019 and will be offering mindfulness integrative healing arts workshops and small group sessions.

Visit: www.waytowellness.us


Herb Knoll

Herb Knoll
Widowers Support Network

Herb Knoll lost his wife, Michelle, to pancreatic cancer on March 7, 2008. As a bank executive, Herb was known as a man who could get things done. But when he lost his wife to cancer, he found few resources that could help him recover. When he asked a clerk at Barnes & Noble what materials were available, he was told, “Mister, we don’t have a damn thing for you!” WOW!

The more Herb learned about the plight of widowers, from their high suicide rates to physical and emotional problems; troubled relationships, careers and finances and more; the more he became motivated to write a book to serve them.  After nine years of research and with the help of over 40 widowers and an esteemed team of subject matter experts, lead by sociologist Deborah Carr, Ph.D., of Boston University, and writer/editor Robert L. Frick, Herb wrote The Widower’s Journey, a breakout guidebook designed to comfort and assist widowers and those who love them.

Herb knows how to help widowers heal, and now he’s talking. Herb’s presentations are lively, yet appropriately sensitive, expressly designed to comfort and assist widowers and the families who love them, in a way only a polished and seasoned professional speaker can deliver. Herb breaks down barriers that otherwise block widowers from discovering their better tomorrow.  As an advocate for widowers, Herb’s words are accepted by those fortunate enough to hear them, structured much in the way a guide serves those who are lost. Widowers trust Herb, in part because they recognize how, as a widower, Herb understands the challenges they face. Those who hear Herb’s compassionate message of hope, leave his presentations encouraged, and better equipped to move forward with their lives. Herb’s engaging personality provides an comfortable environment designed to encourage audience participation. The good news is, much of Herb’s expertise can help widows too.

Herb’s research and insights tackle the tough questions widowers need addressed including:

  • taking care of family matters when your wife is terminally ill
  • how men can process grief
  • keeping healthy during stressful times
  • managing a career while coping with loss
  • drawing strength from your faith
  • reentering the dating world
  • dealing with the issues that sex, dating, and marriage create
  • parenting as a widower
  • solving financial and legal problems
  • preserving your late partner’s memory for yourself and family and friends

Visit:  WidowersSupportNetwork.com


Lynda Cheldelin Fell

Lynda Cheldelin Fell
Grief Diaries

After losing her 15-year-old daughter in a car accident in 2009, Lynda Cheldelin Fell was caught in a fog of shock and traumatic grief. Just when she started to reclaim her life, Lynda's beloved 46-year-old husband suffered a massive stroke, leaving him permanently disabled. Lynda journeyed to the extremes of human resiliency, yet determined to restore hope to her devastated family, fought hard to find a way back. Along the way she discovered that helping others was a powerful balm for her own wounds. Lynda became an international bestselling author in 2013, and founded AlyBlue Media soon after. She created Grief Diaries Radio and Grief Diaries Live in 2014, was executive director of the International Grief & Hope Convention 2015 in Indianapolis, earned four national literary awards in 2016, wrote the curriculum Managing Grief in the Workplace in 2017, was nominated for five national advocacy awards in 2017, co-founded the International Grief Institute in 2017, and created the experiential workshop Resiliency Rx in 2018. To date she has authored over 30 books on finding hope after loss. Now considered a pioneer in the field, Lynda creates groundbreaking projects dedicated to raising compassion and awareness, and inspire healing and hope that joy can be restored.

Visit: www.lyndafell.com

Mitch Carmody

Mitch Carmody

Mitch Carmody, GSP, CCP is a writer, artist, grief educator and a nationally recognized motivational speaker has his own YouTube channel known as MrHeartlight. He is the author of several books, and hosts his own Radio Show “Grief Chat”. He is a Grief Facilitator for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S) of military loss, member of The Association of Death Education and Counseling (A.D.E.C.) and has served on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest grief support organization in the world.


Visit: HeartlightStudios.net

Sharon Ehlers

Sharon Ehlers
Grief Reiki®

haron Ehlers is the founding member of Grief Reiki® Limited Liability Company (LCC).  After working in Corporate America for almost 30 years, Sharon started her own company to offer a multi-dimensional approach to grief through emotional recovery and spiritual healing. This was the result of her best friend and former fiancé both dying by suicide within a two-year period. Now an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Reiki Master Teacher, Sharon is helping others to recover from grief by providing them with a safe, compassionate and healing environment for their journey.

Sharon is the author of Grief Reiki®- An Integrated Approach to the Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Components of Grief and Loss. She is co-author of Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide which was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Book Excellence Awards and the Best Book Awards.

Her best lesson in life is: “Miracles do happen.

Visit: www.grief-reiki.com

Line-up of presenters subject to change without notice.