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My life’s journey has given me a unique perspective on human experience, with an appreciation for both the joys and the sorrows I’ve encountered along the way.

I grew up in a Pentecostal religious tradition, and later became part of an evangelical community. After that I became a Christian Universalist, and later went on to study Buddhism and various mystical traditions. As a young man, I was deeply scarred by toxic religion, which, among other things, instilled in me an intense fear of death… a fear that my lifelong spiritual quest has now relieved.

With my wife of 30 years, I raised two beautiful, competent, compassionate and independent daughters. In June 2015, one them, my youngest daughter Shayna, suddenly and unexpectedly passed from this life into the next life at age 15-½. With Shayna’s passing, I experienced the most profound loss anyone can suffer.

After Shayna’s transition, my spiritual quest intensified, prompted by the extraordinary visions and messages I received from her after her death. As a result of those experiences, I immersed myself in researching concepts of the afterlife, taking a scientific as well as a spiritual and philosophical approach to it. I needed to know, not just believe. It’s this experience that I now share with my audiences and the readers of my book, Grief 2 Growth; Planted. Not Buried.

Brian Smith
Grief 2 Growth book

In my presentations, I address the following issues and challenges related to grief and loss:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Feelings of loneliness and inadequacy
  • Marriage/Relationships
  • Child Rearing
  • Thanatophobia (fear of death)
  • Toxic Religion
  • Grief and Trauma
  • Spirituality vs. Religion


I am a Grief Guide, Life Purpose Coach, and Small Business Consultant. My mission is to help people rediscover who they are and why they are here. In those two questions lie the secrets to not only surviving this life but thriving.

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.

I became well acquainted with grief in 2015 after the sudden passing of my fifteen-year-old daughter Shayna. After Shayna’s passing, I felt my life was over. I had to learn to survive for the sake of my wife, Tywana, and my daughter, Kayla. I have studied the nature of life and death and how to progress through grief of all kinds from a job loss, divorce, illness or the death of a loved one. I speak from experience of all of the above.

I provide a safe space where you can safely share what you are experiencing. I share techniques that I discovered and developed after my 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. Any ending is a new beginning. My understanding is not a religious-based belief, but a position arrived at based on reason and evidence.

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 and I am on the Board of Directors. I have worked with hundreds of parents who have lost children. I am also a volunteer and Vice President of the SoulPhone Foundation.

I am the author of “Grief 2 Growth: Planted. Not Buried.” I am the host and creator of the Grief 2 Growth podcast. I am on the Board of Helping Parents Heal. I am the Vice President of The SoulPhone Foundation.


We Don’t Die Radio

July 10, 2019

Sandra Champlain had me back on We Don’t Die to discuss my work with Helping Parents Heal, my life coaching work, my book, and my […]

We Don’t Die Radio

June 21, 2019

Because of my extensive work with mediums Sandra Champlain asked me to be the guest sitter for a demonstration of mediumship. The mediums did not […]

Bravewriter Show Appearance

November 6, 2017

Our longtime friend, Julie Sweeney Bogart, invited us to appear on her podcast. From the show notes: ” Today’s guests have experienced one of life’s […]

Bravewriter Podcast Appearance

November 5, 2017

In November 2017  Tywana and I appeared on the homeschooling podcast Brave Writer. “Today’s guests have experienced one of life’s most harrowing events: losing a […]

Tara L. Robinson Radio Program

October 11, 2016

Tywana and I were guests of Tara Robinson on her program on WAIF 88.3 in Cincinnati. We were there to discuss our life after the […]

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