From the first time I met Brian, I felt like I knew him forever. I had been reading his blogs for a year and I was extremely touched by his honesty, straightforwardness, and love. It is rare to witness a man that is willing to share his personal feelings with others in such a public format.
Since then, I have come to know Brian very well. He has been one of the largest factors in my ability to walk the grief journey after my son, Aymen, passed.
Brian is not only a mentor, but he also has the aptitude to be a wonderful listener, advisor and has a great deal of emotional intelligence. He is easy to talk to and is not afraid to tell me what I need to hear.
He has volunteered in many venues to counsel, support and guide others. I would recommend Brian not only for adults and young adults but I would highly recommend Brian as a Life Coach for children.
Brian’s abilities have helped me to grow spiritually, believe in myself and he has guided me to understand my purpose in life. He has given me very sound advice along with tools that greatly help me and inspire me. He has earned my respect and admiration.
Brian’s perspective on things has been a true blessing for me.
I want to remind you of what I’ve accomplished in the time I’ve spent with you, generally just once a month. When I first met with you I told you of a goal I had and a time frame I had in mind. You worked with me to help me remove ALL the barriers- the self-doubt, the lack of knowledge, the inadequacy of training. I feel like Rocky!! Two years later, just on time, I achieved my goal. I felt like I did it myself and I did. But I did it because I came to you and let you do what you do. You encouraged me, supported me, questioned my thinking and my plans.
I am grateful beyond grateful.
In the twenty plus years I have known Brian, we have had many hours of debate, discussion, and supportive dialogue. Sometimes passionate, interesting and of the wall, but always thoughtful and respectful. Brian is a true friend and brother, whose insights and approaches have helped me grow as a person, as a man, and as a father. He has an exceptional blend of intuition with a scientific approach in helping to approach life problems and advice. He does so while ensuring compassion is kept in mind, especially when having difficult conversations. I would highly recommend Brian as a life coach.
“Brian is a kind, compassionate, and passionate soul. He’s the real deal and if he’s committed to something he is all in. He is always willing to listen to different viewpoints and knowing him has helped me to reaffirm that tendency in myself.
I’ve known Brian for over ten years now. I worked with Brian on a local new church plant several years ago and it was there that I witnessed his heart for compassion and social justice. Since then I have followed his blogs and other writings that speak to a higher consciousness and the various forms of human connection. He has done the work and his depth of knowledge makes him more than qualified to walk alongside others and guide them in their life journey.
Brian Smith is a talented and compassionate person that went through one of the hardest things that can happen to a parent, losing a child. I meet him during the darkest days of my soul after I lost my only child. Brian, his wife and a couple of other parents administer an online group dedicated to helping grieving parents. Brian is always there for anybody that needs some advice on how to navigate through this hard journey. His knowledge of spirituality and science is impressive. I know that his devotion, and compassion is going to help so many others find their true path. Thank you Brian for the wonderful work that you do, and for being such a bright light for so many of us. Paola Leslie
Back in 2011, I left my farmhouse after having caught my then-husband cheating on me. He had been emotionally abusive for quite some time but the cheating was still a bad shock. I joined Facebook and one of the first people I met was. Brian.
I was a conservative Republican at the time, heavily dependent on my spouse’s opinions, not unlike my mother and other spouses before me. Brian’s opinions and posts intrigued me and yes irked me. But they forced me to think. That was the important part. They made me uncomfortable and I knew instinctively that this was a good thing.
In the eight years since I have known Brian, I have come a very long way, both in healing from my wounds from the relationship and also in my political and world views. Yes, I already was very open-minded as far as religious, spiritual and racial views are concerned but my I have learned positive discourse, constructive criticism and how to listen. Although Brian is very busy, in the times I have need counsel most he is there.
Brian spoke to me about two months after my 15-year-old son had passed. He reassured me that our kids leave us signs and that they are always with us. He spoke about his beautiful daughter and her awesome spirit. He made me feel like grief was okay and that the process is something you must allow yourself to go through in order to grow. His energy for life and honoring grief is truly authentic.
If you are grieving and need to figure out how to grow from it, stay connected to your loved one, or just need a grief partner to listen to your thoughts, he is the guy!
Thanks Brian for everything!
Jennifer "Jaki" Johnson
I've met with you four times so far. As you know, I came to you because I appreciated your experience and expertise regarding grief, planning, family issues, and spirituality. In four short hours, I’ve learned a LOT about all those subjects- both from our conversations and from the resources and opportunities you suggested so I can learn on my own. I have clarified my own plans for how I want my life to look like now and in the future. I am moving forward in learning some aspects of grief and healing that I was lacking in. Perhaps most importantly, you’ve helped me harness all I’ve learned in this journey to increase my self-confidence and move ahead. Since we started working together, I’ve had some profound insights and I’ve celebrated booking two presentations with people I greatly respect to do some things that were only vague dreams. Am I coming back? You betcha! Do I have high expectations? Yes. Are they unreasonable? Not based on all I’ve accomplished in such a short time with your help.
A mutual friend texted me the day Shayna passed. I’d lost my 15 year old daughter Leora in 2003. I reached out that day to offer my help. Our daughters left similar legacies – to use our grief, experience, hope, and strength to reach out and love others who are hurting. Brian hit the ground running.
I already knew before this loss that Brian was smart and compassionate. But early on, he took all of his grief and pain and put it on display to process it with the world. The courage that he has shown in being so raw and vulnerable in the early days, shows people that they can experience the worst, but still survive. Today he is still sometimes raw, and always vulnerable, but he has been healing and showing how you can thrive. He’s found a way to integrate his life and business skills with the instinctive and behavioral qualities he has been honing over the last few years. He is a brave leader, setting an important example for others to follow.
Two years ago I had a PTSD trigger take me down. Eventually, I sent up a flare, and somehow Brian put his hand into the darkness and reached me. His kindness, empathy, and very simple words “baby steps” helped to start me on a steep, upward hike out of the dark.
Brian is a friend, colleague, ally, and partner in grief, who continues to be a wonderful accountability buddy and cheerleader for me in my own personal and business growth. This is a man everyone needs in their corner.
Jeri Lynn Vizzi Photography
I very much appreciated Saturday’s session. I like having conversations that include my partner Cecilie and touch on both the intensely emotional part of this process as well as the metaphysical and intellectual pieces that contribute to developing new understandings and perspectives on my child transitioning but being very present.
Afterward, I felt calmer and more hopeful. I like how I can make an appointment for a time that works for me, that I can talk about anything I need to and don’t have to script the conversation beforehand, and how you are a steady and very human presence.
Mostly I benefit from anything you say that helps me hope into my own future as I struggle to re-build my life after the transition of my son since you’ve walked a similar path. Most days that’s what I need–to know that someone else has done it in a positive way.
There are a lot of so-called “grief experts” out there whose attempts to teach and counsel fall short because they can only reference their own personal experience. Brian has the unique ability to address grief from a more pluralistic perspective, drawing on his own loss experience but also creating a spacious place of listening and compassion for his clients. He doesn’t try to position himself as a guru. He is a wise teacher, but his humility makes all the difference.
Brian knows how to express complex ideas and unpack complicated emotions in a way that makes them understandable and easy to digest. He has a clear vision, spiritual depth, and a calming presence.
I’ve seen Brian captivate workshop audiences and guide classes into deep healing insights.