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GriefSPEAK: Vol 2, Stories of Loss – Mari Nardolillo Dias

by: Mari Nardolillo Dias

Stories of Loss is out!

I am pleased to announce that Volume 2 of GriefSPEAK is available and launching on Sunday evening, April 24 at 7pm. Sponsored by the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) and the increasingly popular Lively Literati, I will be joined by Guy Natelli (the wine guy) along with many friends at the Greenwich Hotel in East Greenwich, where I will read a few pieces from the new volume, along with a “lively” question and answer session.

I would love to meet my readers, old and new, who often reach out to me with comments. Please consider stopping by for a quick hello and introduction, a bit of swag, and/or a libation of your choice. Both volumes will be available for purchase and autographs, but a warm welcome and an inviting face is what I hope to see in this iconic space.

This volume is particularly important to me, born a year after volume 1.  It is the volume I promised to dedicate to my brother, Bobby, as he lay dying. A death bed commitment needs to be kept. This book is not about Bobby, but a homage to him. The launch is a symbolic gesture, a gift to all grievers, including me.

I am grateful to RINewsToday for providing space for my words and those of my clients. I certainly never expected that a request for one story about grief would evolve into over two years of articles and two books. Serendipitous for sure.

My radio show listeners gave me the moniker of the “grief whisperer”. The term was mentioned so often I had it trademarked!  It’s a moniker that was never included in my response to the traditional elementary school question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I never fathomed nor espoused to this label; however, it is what it is. I have a very intimate relationship with grief. I hope this relationship serves my clients and my honored readers.


Dr. Mari Dias is a nationally board-certified counselor, holds a Fellow in Thanatology and is certified in both grief counseling and complicated grief. Dias is a Certified death doula, and has a Certificate in Psychological Autopsy.

She is Professor of Clinical Mental Health, Master of Science program, Johnson & Wales University. Dias is the director of GracePointe Grief Center, in North Kingstown, RI.  For more information, go to: .

Dias is the author of GriefSPEAK, Vol. 1: Stories of Loss