On July 17, 2015 my husband Frank died in a tragic motorcycle accident. In that moment, my life spiraled into darkness. I lost all hope of finding joy again. I tried to navigate through the darkness by seeking help and support from all angles starting with family and friends, support groups, prayer and even seeing a psychologist. Nothing or no one could help me. About three months after Frank's death I was introduced to the Grief Recovery Institute's website. Although no workshops were available on Guam, I knew I had nothing to lose so I signed up for the first workshop that I could and off I went to Austin, Texas. What I was searching for those first 3 months I was able to finally find in this 2 1/2 day workshop. I was so moved by how this method worked into the very core of my heart and allowed me to find that spark of light and believe that joy can still exist in my life. Six months after I took this workshop I went back to the mainland and became certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist so I can bring the program to Guam and help others heal their hearts after experiencing deep loss, tragedy, adversity or significant change in their life. I continue on the path of healing but I have found a purpose greater than me as I continue to help others heal and find opportunities to give grief a voice.
On a personal note, Frank and I were married for 24 years before he died. We have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. I have been and continue to be blessed with an amazing family and a global network of friends that care and support my journey.
I love to travel and have many places on my bucket list I have yet to see. I find every opportunity to create memories with people I love and care about by intentionally making time to have lunch, dinner, attend parties or just hang out. I find reading books and practicing yoga to be relaxing for me. In addition, I love to weight train. It's something Frank taught me and we did together as a couple so continuing to incorporate this into my daily routine allows me to honor his memory. Red wine is my drink of choice and I am particularly fond of La Crema's Pinot Noir but also love all of Francis Copolla's wine - Red or White.