Russell Friedman of the Grief Recovery Institute passed away in 2016. Russell was a major contributor of the content here on MFSK. His help will continue to reach people here as well as at The Grief Recovery Method.
John W. James is the retired founder of The Grief Institute and , an internationally recognized authority, provides programs for The Compassionate Friends, The National SIDS Foundation, The National AIDS Network, The University of California at Irvine, Chapman University, and many others.  John and Russell are co-authors of “The Grief Recovery Handbook” and “When Children Grieve”.

“In our 45 years of helping people deal with unresolved grief, one of the most poignant laments we hear repeatedly is: ‘I wish I knew WHO my dad or mom was.’ Memories For Surviving Kids is the greatest antidote for that heart-breaking dilemma.” 

John W. James – The Grief Recovery Institute.  

Alexandra Kennedy, MA is a psychotherapist in private practice since 1976 and author of Honoring Grief (New Harbinger Publications 2014), Losing a Parent (HarperCollins, 1991) and The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss (Beyond Words, April 2001).

She lectures at universities, professional organizations, and major conferences. Weaving together inspiring case histories, practical advice, and experiential exercises, she provides a unique perspective to grieving through her work with the imagination. Her website offers strategies for grieving, tasks of grieving, how to support those who are grieving, along with articles on the loss of a parent and nurturing the inner relationship with a deceased loved one.

“This website offers a powerful process for healing grief that I am well acquainted with. As an author, psychotherapist and teacher I’ve experienced over and over the healing that can come out of writing a 
letter to a person who has died– thereby nurturing the ongoing inner relationship with that person. Bob Di Pasquale proposes in his website that those who have known a child’s parents write letters to the child about his/her parents. This is a briliiant idea and offers the promise of ongoing healing to that child, every time he or she reads them. I have already referred clients to his web site and will continue to. Kudos to you Bob! ”

Alexandra Kennedy, author of Honoring Grief, Losing a Parent and The Infinite Thread

Dr. Marilyn Heins is a pediatrician, author, educator, mother, step-mother, and grandmother.  She was the vice dean and professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  Currently she writes a weekly parenting column for the Arizona Daily Star and her book, “ParenTips” was published by Development Publications in 1999. Her website,, is popular with busy parents. She lectures widely to groups of parents, teachers, and others who work with children.

Dr. Heins: “Nothing is sadder than a bereaved child whose memories of a beloved parent are fading. Memories for Surviving Kids helps not only the children who receive the ‘Memory Letters’ and momentos but also the letter writers. How many times have you heard a person at a funeral say, ‘What can I do to help?’ MFSK is one compassionate answer to this question.”

Marilyn Heins MD,