My name is Linda Pouliot and I am the co-author of  Grieving Forward: Death Happened, Now What?  A Practical Guide for Healing & Understanding the Grief Process.  

In November of 1999, I  was 45 years old and my first husband, Donald, died unexpectedly of a heart-attack.  We had just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  Both of our children were teenagers at the time.  I spent the first few months after his death in shock and numb. So did my children.  What I realized during this time was that I couldn’t even define the word grief. Additionally, I had no idea what was happening to me or how to help my children.  All I knew was the pain was unbearable.  My search for answers began…


What I discovered is that when you understand the grief process, which is what is normal for grief, it’s possible and easier to successfully navigate your personal healing journey.  Additionally, I was able use this same information to help my children navigate their individual grieving and healing journeys.  My children are now grown with families of their own.  Healing took time, but it did happen for all three of us.  I want the same for you and your family.


The content of the book and my educational workshops are based on my personal experience, what I have learned from others over the years, and my on-going research.  Check out the Now What? Blog and the Grieving Forward Death Happened, Now What?  Facebook page.


Thank you for spending this time with me.






Linda is a nationally recognized grief support facilitator and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in The Grief Recovery Method by The Grief Recovery Institute.  Additionally, she is a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker.  From February of 2002 – March of 2013 she volunteered at New Hope Center for Grief Support located in Northville, Michigan where she co-facilitated grief support groups and was a workshop speaker.  Linda is a retired Foster Parent (Livingston County, Michigan) and a former member of Insights Toastmasters, Brighton, Mi.