Barbara Rubel

Barbara Rubel, a resilience strategist, is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and is best known for her keynotes on compassion fatigue and building resilience. Barbara is a nationally recognized professional speaker on issues related to stress and burnout while helping when tragedy strikes. While pregnant with triplets, Barbara’s father, a retired NYC police officer died by suicide. Her story was featured in the Emmy-winning documentary, Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Rubel is the author of But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping children and families after a suicide. She wrote the 30-hour continuing education course book for nurses: Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing compassion during a time of need, sold through Western Schools. Rubel co-authored the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Training Curriculum, Compassion Fatigue and is a consultant for OVCTTAC. She is also a contributing writer in Fresh Grief (Open to Hope) as well as Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal (Kiwi Publishing). Rubel was a hospice bereavement coordinator, a support group facilitator, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Brooklyn College, City University of NY. She is a bereavement specialist with She has led Palette of Grief® programs and has keynoted conferences for healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and victim services providers across the United States. As a thought-leader on the topic of sudden traumatic loss, Barbara works to educate professionals about building resilient communities. Barbara appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley


Is SAD Due to the Darkness of Grief or Darkness of the Season?, 10 Nov 2014

Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Workplace, 18 Feb 2013

Dealing with Traumatic Anniversaries, 29 Sep 2012

Celebrating the Birth of Triplets While Mourning Dad’s Suicide, 12 Nov 2011

20 Questions to Ask Your Terminally Ill Loved One, 12 Oct 2011

20 Tips to Manage Grief During the First Holiday, 19 Nov 2010

Support Groups Can Help Those Bereaved by Suicide, 21 Feb 2010