About Marty Tousley

As both a bereaved parent and daughter, I've focused my practice on issues of loss, grief and transition for more than 40 years. I joined Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ in 1996, and served as a bereavement counselor for 17 years ~ ten of those as monitor and moderator for its innovative online Grief Healing Discussion Groups, until I assumed sole ownership of the site in October, 2013. With my special interest in grief and the human-animal bond, I facilitated a pet loss support group for bereaved animal lovers in Phoenix for 15 years, and now serve as consultant to the Pet Loss Support Group at Hospice of the Valley and to the Ontario Pet Loss Support Group in Ontario, Canada. I am a contributing author for Open to Hope, AfterTalk, and The Grief Toolbox, and have written a number of books, booklets, articles, online e-mail courses and e-books addressing various aspects of loss and grief. My own Grief Healing website offers information, comfort and support to anyone who is anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one, whether that is a person or a cherished companion animal.  In my work with the primary caregivers and the bereaved, I am honored to accompany people who are struggling with, working through, and overcoming the most devastating challenges of caregiving and loss, and every day I learn something new from each of them. I cannot imagine more inspiring, uplifting work than this.  Read more of my personal story here: A Message from Marty. My professional background and qualifications are described here.  I am fascinated by using Social Media as a way to learn, to connect and to share useful information about care giving, loss and transition. You can find me on LinkedIn, on Twitter @GriefHealing, on Facebook and on Pinterest. You can listen to Open to Hope's podcast about Grief Healing here: Finding a Place of Hope.

(This information was last reviewed and updated on November14, 2021)