No one escapes grief. Everyone deserves hope-filled grief resources.

You want to help your grieving friend. You may feel uncertain. Let me guide you with simple and caring ideas.

Imagine this. Soon you’ll be known as the caring and compassionate friend.

Because of you, hope will grow and the world will feel like a safer, kinder place for the broken hearted.


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Some secrets must be shared. Learn simple yet effective ways to express empathy.


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The Little Black Funeral Dress

It’s not if, but when. Those who love will also grieve. Learn how to navigate your loss and help carry the grief for others.


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An Excellent Communicator

Shirley has become an expert on something no one wants to learn: grief. Shirley is an excellent communicator because she exudes authenticity.


Author, Speaker, Radio Host

Her Story is Powerful

Shirley is brave. Her story is powerful, and her ability to inspire hope in others is palpable. Shirley is able to connect with students on a level they can understand, and help them truly become “Hope Heroes”.


Elementary School Teacher

A Must Read

Shirley’s book, “The Little Black Funeral Dress” and her seminar on the subject is an absolute must read and attend for all.


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The Little Black Funeral Dress

It’s not if, but when. Those who love will also grieve. To our detriment, society would rather sanitize or skip over the topic of grief.

Twelve days after her son’s wedding, Shirley Thiessen was thrown into the unimaginable task of planning his funeral. Grief threatened to extinguish her purpose for living. Gradually, hope and resiliency emerged as Shirley learned to recycle the pain of loss for good purposes.

While everyone’s grief journey is unique, there are tips to be shared and missteps to avoid.

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