Founder's Story-MARI MARQUEZ
In 2018, I had the most devastating year of my life.
I saw my father take his last breath after battling a year-long journey with pancreatic and liver cancer. Then four months later, my husband had an accident and died. Days after my husband's death, to my dismay, I miscarried our second child.
My losses significantly changed the trajectory of my life. These losses have become the inspiration of my work as I learn to move forward in life after loss. Being a widow and a mother led me to write The Magical Soul, an uplifting book for young children that provides hope, solace, and connection in the aftermath of grief.
The Magical Soul Book is sold worldwide in Australia, Europe, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and the United States in grieving centers for children, pediatric offices, children's hospitals, elementary schools, and counselor offices.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology and am part of the research team with the Modern Widows Club.
My goal is to empower women through my blog and podcast by providing various resources to help them navigate widowhood.
Mari's children's books have sold internationally and have been featured in top grieving centers and hospitals for children in America.
After experiencing my losses, I fell into a deep depression. I felt like an empty vessel roaming this earth without direction or purpose. My grief was so intense that it felt unbearable and unlivable at times.
I still had to care for my young child and everything else that accompanies loss. It took me some time to realize that I couldn't continue to NOT do anything about my situation. I needed to seek help, and I needed a lot of it.
I had difficulty finding support for young widows, which this difficulty eventually led me to create embracingwidowhood.com. Embracing Widowhood is a collection of various resources shared through a blog and podcast to help women navigate widowhood.
Since then, I have learned that we can help ourselves in various ways and that support can come in many forms. It is important to note that our grief journey is like our fingerprint; no two are ever alike. Therefore how we learn to move forward after loss will look different for us all. It is essential to give ourselves grace through this process and to remember that we and our grief significantly matter.
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