Brooke Carlock

Brooke Carlock, M.A., has experienced more grief and loss in her lifetime than most. The deaths of her grandparents, sister, cousin, and sister-in-law before she turned 35, along with her extensive coursework in Human Development and Psychology, taught her the power of resilience. However, nothing would prepare her for the devastation to come in her 40s. In a span of four months, Brooke lost her father to an unexpected heart attack, her stepmother to suicide, and her beloved 10 year-old daughter, Libby, in a horrific car accident. A 20-year teacher and freelance writer, her daughter's death led Brooke to relentlessly study the fields of grief, loss, trauma, and resilience in order to survive her own experiences. Her writing has appeared in local magazines and Natural Awakenings magazine and on She is also a contributor at Filter Free Parents. Currently, she is pursuing an Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist (CAGCS) certification and writing her first book, Starting Over (When You Don't Have a Choice). Brooke is the founder of, a nonprofit organization that provides dance scholarships in her daughter's honor, as well as the creator of, where she blogs about her experiences as a grieving mother.


Getting Through my First Father’s Day Without Dad

‘You No Longer Have a Dad’ I never did much for my dad on Father’s Day.  We didn’t have any particular traditions to mark the occasion.  It was the same […]

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‘You’re SO Strong’: A Misunderstanding of Grief

In the months following my 10-year-old daughter Libby’s death, there was one phrase that I heard over and over again.  “You’re SO strong.” People whispered it in my ear in […]

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