Hi, I'm Brian
Like everyone, my life journey is unique and has given me a unique perspective based on the joys and challenges that have come into my life. It's the challenges of life I believe lead us to grow the most. I have had careers in engineering and business-to-business technology sales. I started my own internet retail company almost twenty years ago and still operate it.
How it started
I grew up Pentecostal, became evangelical, became a Christian Universalist, and have studied Buddhism. I was deeply scarred by toxic religion; which sent me on a long spiritual quest. Although I hate the cliche, at this point in my life, while I am deeply spiritual and well versed in religion(s), I am spiritual but not religious.
I have been with my wife for more than thirty years. Before that, I experienced the loss of divorce. My wife and I have raised two beautiful, competent, compassionate and independent daughters. In June 2015, my daughter Shayna suddenly and unexpectedly passed from this life into the next life. With Shayna's passing, I have experienced the most profound loss anyone can suffer.
After the transition of Shayna, my spiritual quest intensified. I have made myself into an expert on anything concerning the afterlife. Because of my Chemical Engineering background, I have taken a scientific as well as a spiritual and philosophical approach to this. I needed to know, not just believe.
Because of these experiences, I have navigated the situations below and can help guide you through them. Often we feel stuck and overwhelmed and need a gentle nudge and guidance.
- Depression/Anxiety Feelings of loneliness and inadequacy
- Child Rearing
- Fear of Death
- Toxic Religion
- Spirituality versus Religion
- Small business start up and operation (started my own in 2002)
I want to share the wisdom gained from my life experiences with you to help you on your journey.
I am a certified life coach, a grief guide, and a small business consultant. My mission is to help others by sharing lessons I have learned from decades of experience and study.
Why I Do This Work
I became well acquainted with grief in 2015 after the sudden passing of his fifteen-year-old daughter Shayna. After Shayna's passing, Brian felt his life was over. He had to learn to survive for the sake of his wife, Tywana, and their daughter, Kayla. Brian has studied the nature of life and death and how to progress through grief.
How I Do This Work
In my grief work, I provide a safe space where you can safely share what you are experiencing. I share techniques that he discovered and developed after his devastating loss. Perhaps most importantly, I can help you understand that death is not goodbye and that your relationship with your loved one can continue. My understanding is not a religious-based belief, but a position arrived at based on reason and evidence. If you're feeling "stuck", it's most likely because you have forgotten the answer to one or both of these questions.
My vision is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose and fulfillment. If we know the "why", we can endure any "how'. I want to remind everyone of their true nature and their reason for being.
My Volunteer Work
Shortly after Shayna transitioned, I discovered Helping Parents Heal, a non-profit peer-to-peer support group for parents of children who have passed. I volunteer with Helping Parents Heal. I have worked with hundreds of parents who have lost children. I am a member of the Board for Helping Parents Heal. I volunteer for the SoulPhone foundation as the Vice President.
Where Else You Can Find Me
I am the author of "Grief 2 Growth: Planted. Not Buried." I am the host of the Grief 2 Growth podcast. Brian is a public speaker and educator and has spoken at conferences like IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) and many more.
My YouTube channel is: www.youtube.com/grief2growth and my podcast is at podcast.grief2growth.com
As of February 2022, the podcast has received over 100,000 downloads and the YouTube channel has almost 8,000 subscribers.
More About Me
My Résumé: Career
I earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. I worked as an Operations Engineer for Columbia Gas of Ohio.
I sold computer systems for IBM, Sun Microsystems, and a number of small independent resellers for nearly twenty-five years. I was trained in sales techniques by some of the best and was a top performer in sales and sales management during my sales career
Owner/Operator of Treasured Locks
In 2002, my wife and I started Treasured Locks, an independent hair and skin care company. I built our first website. As a sole proprietor, I have had to learn all aspects of starting up and running a business including e-commerce, shipping, online marketing, and advertising, email (several platforms), SMS or text marketing, etc.
My Résumé: Avocation
My wife and I taught couples marriage skills at the Vineyard church for several years.
Boards of Directors
I serve on the Board of Directors for the SoulPhone Foundation working with Dr. Gary Schwartz and Dr. Mark Pitstick, among others, to bring this exciting technology to the world. I also volunteer to support Greater Reality Living from a technical perspective helping with social media, the website, email communications, etc.
I am on the Board of Directors of Helping Parents Heal, an international organization of nearly 15,000 members around the world. Helping Parents Heal brings together parents whose children have passed into the spirit world. We provide hope, support, and comfort.
Volunteer Work and Consulting
I am an affiliate leader for the Helping Parents Online Group, a Facebook support group with almost 5,000 members. The online group brings nationally recognized leaders in healing and the afterlife to our parents via teleconferencing technology.
I work part-time for the San Francisco Theological Seminary in their Applied Wisdom Institute, as a technical assistant. In that role, I have co-taught Grief and Spirituality to grief counselors and pastors.
I consult for a celebrity medium helping them with his website, social media and customer service.