EPISODE 67: Mark E. Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S – Life Transition Specialist and Grief Counselor

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My Dad died.

On Saturday night, November 23, 2019, he had a massive heart attack and sadly all the best

Rest in Peace, W. Keith Slattery
From the day I interviewed him on my radio show

doctors in two separate hospitals ultimately couldn’t cure his very weakened and sick heart. He put up a good fight (that’s my Dad right there) and we spoke with him and could sometimes interact with him over the course of his final two and half weeks before he was sedated. We, my mother, sister, and I, were there with him holding his hands when he peacefully passed away on the afternoon of December 10, 2019. Our hearts are broken.

When it all began, that Saturday night was the week before Thanksgiving. My family suddenly went from planning side dishes to holding a 24-hour a day vigil by Dad’s bedside. My mother-in-law made a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, and my husband and daughters brought it to us in the hospital so we could eat it in the cafeteria. It certainly didn’t feel like Thanksgiving.

Next, of course, came the experience of Christmastime all around us. While others were decorating, shopping, and baking cookies, we were transferring my Dad from a local community hospital in Knoxville to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. And then… the worst happened and we found ourselves not decking the halls, but writing an obituary, planning a funeral, and attending my father’s burial with full military honors. For us it feels like anything but Christmas.

Yet life goes on. We’re just not sure how.

And that’s when I got to thinking… my family isn’t the only family experiencing loss. In the waiting room of the critical care unit were two dozen other families hoping and praying for their loved ones. Some of them didn’t make it, either. My own uncle, my Dad’s younger brother, passed away just days after my Dad. His family is heartbroken, too. Each day I open Facebook to see more reports of people passing, more friends asking desperately for prayers for a very sick loved one, hoping for a miracle that may never come.

If you are struggling today with a loss, whether it’s very recent or was a long time ago, I think you’ll find hope in my show and my guest today.

My Dad was very proud that I have a radio show. He would want me to carry on. The thought occurred to me that I have a long-time online friend, Mark Hundley, who is a grief counselor. He began his journey in 1989 when he lost his first wife very suddenly. He has since gone on to write multiple books, and works with families who are grieving the loss of a loved one cope and find hope again.

It’s my hope that if you are suffering with the loss of a loved one, you will find hope when you hear Mark Hundley’s story and what he will share with us today.

Here’s His Official Bio from his website – Mark E. Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in print, Kindle and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit Mark’s website.

Mark has generously Arranged to have the Kindle version of his book, AWAKEN TO GOOD MOURNING, Available for free from Today through Christmas. You can get it by clicking on either of the links in this post or the book image and when you arrive at Amazon, click the Kindle version to get it for free.