This week I Speak With Kelli, The Grief Guru. Over the years, she has helped families who’ve lost loved ones turn their pain into purpose, just as she did in her own life. After losing her mother to suicide in 2017, she was deep in the throes of grief and could barely get through the day and get out of bed. When she tried to find help, she couldn’t find the support and tools she needed, so was forced to deal with it on her own. Just as she was recovering from the loss of her mother, a year later, she was faced with the worst loss for a parent – the loss of her 20-year old son, Quintin, who died of an accidental drug overdose. Join me on this episode as she discusses her healing process from tremendous losses, and how she was able to navigate through the hard times and use her pain to help others. A few noteworthy sections that we will be discussing on the show: Grief is part of our journey in Life. We can feel so helpless in the face of Grief The deeper the Grief, the closer God is! No matter how broken your heart is, the world doesn’t stop for your Grief.
Kelli Nielsen, The Founder of the Grief Guru didn’t grow up with aspirations of becoming The Grief Guru. Although, after experiencing divorce, bankruptcy, and cancer twice she felt like she had learned a thing or two about overcoming adversity. For months grief swept her out to sea and threatened to take her under once and for all.
After a chance meeting that would change her life, she decided she would discover the tools and skills needed to navigate grief and get back to a happy and productive life. She set her heart and mind to that task by reading, studying, praying, and through good old trial and error.
She discovered a system that worked, because just a year and a half after her mother died, her 20 year old son died of an accidental drug overdose. Grief came in like a flood but this time she was prepared! She was able to navigate grief so much more productively and noticed the night and day difference in her grieving process. She knew she couldn’t keep this information to herself! Kelli now teaches others to use her developed Grief Relief process to navigate whatever hard season they are facing. She teaches others to move forward on purpose, in purpose and design the life they truly love.
Get to Know Kelli
How old are you?
How old are you at heart?
What is your title and company?
I am the Chief Encourager at The Grief Guru
What year did you launch your business?
What has been a highlight during the time you’ve run your business?
Reading a testimonial from a mom who lost her child to suicide and hearing that by reading my book she found a sliver of hope by hearing my story. Knowing that I helped give her a sliver of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation is the reason I do what I do.
What has been a lowlight and how did you bounce back?
Just the continual process of having to learn the best way to deliver my product and services to the audience that needs it. It has been a steep learning curve combined with patience for myself and the process.
What do you tell yourself that keeps you motivated?
The memory of my mom and son along with the mission and message to help those that are struggling with grief.
What would you say is one thing you do that refreshes you?
Learning new skills and hearing from people that have been encouraged by the curriculum.
What do you want readers to gain from following you on social media?
Practical tips and tools for navigating grief and hopefully inspiration to tackle whatever they are facing in life.
What lessons have you learned through running your business and pursuing your dreams?
That things generally take longer than you anticipated and to learn to embrace the journey more than the destination.
What is your favorite lipstick color?
I tend to wear clear lip gloss
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Finish this sentence: “Be the woman….”
you were created to be.
Learn more about Nikki and her unique Grief guru business by visiting her website