Brandi Reyna

Ms. Reyna is a creative soul with a passion for helping others. Her faith is very important to her and is reflected in her writings. She writes about her faith and the role it plays in her grieving process and how she grieves. Ms. Reyna's purpose for writing is to give voice to and shed light on unique losses. Ms.Reyna's articles focus primarily on the loss of her fiancé; the subsequent grief associated with sudden loss, her identification as an "unwedded widow" (a widow who was not legally married to her beloved), loss of a parent (grandparent) and creating a new life while living with loss. Ms. Reyna shares her journey to encourage others in their own faith and in their own healing journey. She hopes that by sharing her story and leading by example through her own life that her journey will show others that we can experience significant and impactful losses and still experience a full and joy-filled life after loss. Ms. Reyna has completed internships at several churches within women’s ministry, as one of her gifts is in ministering to women so that she might walk beside, support, encourage, counsel, shepherd and offer hope to women in need. Since the loss of her fiance Greg in a tragic car accident in March 2010, Ms. Reyna also has a passion and heart for helping others who are grieving the loss of someone they love. Ms. Reyna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology; with a certificate in Women's studies.

Articles:

Seven Years Later, the Grief Lingers, 09 Mar 2017

Grief Lesson: Life is Worth Fighting For, 17 Jul 2013

Poem: The Survivor, 15 Feb 2013

Seeing the Beauty of Life in the Wake of Death, 14 Nov 2012

Three Years into Widowhood, Embracing a Birthday, 30 Sep 2012

What it Feels Like to Come Alive Again, 24 Sep 2012

Widow Ages While Husband is Always 25, 10 Sep 2012

Artist’s Block Follows Death of Grandfather, 31 May 2012

Using Loss as an Inspiration to Help Others, 16 Dec 2011

Dr. Pepper Provides Sign from Beloved, 28 Nov 2011

Physical Effects of Grief: Insomnia, Eating Problems, and More, 27 Oct 2011

Embracing Grief Does Not Mean Rejecting Faith, 27 Aug 2011