David Roberts

David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Utica College in Utica, New York. Dave is a featured speaker, workshop facilitator and coach for Aspire Place, LLC (www.aspireplace.com) He is also the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends of the Mohawk Valley. Mr. Roberts has been a presenter at the Southern Humanities Council Conference in both 2017 and 2018. Dave has been a past workshop facilitator for The Compassionate Friends. He has also been a past workshop facilitator and keynote speaker for The Bereaved Parents of the USA. Mr. Roberts has contributed articles to the Huffington Post blog, The Grief Toolbox, Recovering the Self Journal and Medium. One of Dave's articles, My Daughter is Never Far Away, can also be found in Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing and Loss. Excerpts from Dave's article for The Open to Hope Foundation, called The Broken Places were featured in the 2012 Paraclete Press DVD video, Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One. He has appeared on numerous radio and internet broadcasts and Open to Hope Television. Dave was also part of a panel in 2016 for the BBC Podcast, World Have Your Say, with other grief experts, discussing the death of Carrie Fisher. Dave’s website: www.bootsyandangel.com is devoted to providing support and resources for individuals experiencing loss.



Hope and Clarity in the Middle of Nowhere, 05 Jan 2016

Scripting Our Own Paths After The Death of Our Children, 17 Aug 2015

Uncovering the Illusion of Truth in Our Grief Journeys, 03 Dec 2014

Nature and Grief: Empowering Teachings From The World Around Us, 13 Oct 2014

Colors of the Spirit: We Are All One in Grief, 24 Jul 2014

The Malaysian Airlines Crash: Reflections on Grief After Tragedy, 20 Jul 2014

The Upside of Sadness in Our Grief Journeys, 19 May 2014

A Day of Rebirth, 16 Apr 2014

Keeping Perspective During the Grief Journey, 25 Feb 2014

Reaching The Summit In Our Grief Journeys: Teachings From Bald Mountain, 06 Feb 2014

Lessons About Human Nature and Grief From My Work With Chemically Dependent Individuals, 18 Dec 2013

The Search For Spirit During Our Grief Journeys, 30 Oct 2013

Affirming Our Grief Experiences, 09 Sep 2013

Personal Growth Following a Loss: One Parent’s Story, 22 Aug 2013

Giving Guilt Its Walking Papers During Our Grief Journeys, 01 Aug 2013

A Bike Ride With My Father: His Father’s Day Gift to Me, 16 Jun 2013

The Shadow of My Father, 15 Jun 2013

My Deathbed Scene: More Life Lessons After The Death of a Child, 24 May 2013

Against The Winds of Grief: My Thoughts on The Oklahoma Tragedy, 22 May 2013

It’s The Simple Things That Matter The Most In Our Grief Journeys, 13 May 2013

What “Red and Me “Taught Me About The Grief Journey, 20 Mar 2013

A Journey of Self- Discovery After Loss: Why We Are All Analog Kids, 24 Feb 2013

My Grief Journey: The Truth and Nothing But The Truth, 17 Feb 2013

Leaving My Former Self Behind: 10 Years After My Daughter’s Death, 29 Jan 2013

The End of the Innocence: Honoring the Sandy Hook Families, 26 Dec 2012

Father Learns How to Deal with Holidays After Daughter’s Death, 24 Nov 2012

Carlos Santana and the Shape Shifting Wolf: Which Emotions Should You Feed?, 07 Nov 2012

The Importance of Transient Angels in our Grief Journeys, 09 Oct 2012

The Transformative Power of Grief, 13 Sep 2012

After Child-Loss, Life on Infinity Boulevard, 01 Sep 2012

The Miracle of Stating Your Intent During Your Grief Journey, 08 Aug 2012

The Bootsy Chronicles: More End-of Life Lessons From My Feline Companion, 13 Jul 2012

The Importance of Consistency in Grief, 24 Jun 2012

Out of the Darkness, Into the Light, 22 May 2012

My Grief Journey Exposed in a Dream, 08 May 2012

As Career Shifts, Counselor Remembers What Really Matters, 03 Apr 2012

Grief and the Strengths Perspective, 30 Mar 2012

To Remember is Human, 14 Mar 2012

The Wisdom in Journaling, 01 Mar 2012

Daughter’s Cats Help Dad Keep Connection, 23 Feb 2012

The Broken Places, 16 Jan 2012

Tragedy Connects Us All, 30 Nov 2011

Terminal Grief, 03 Oct 2011

Why Ask Questions About Your Grief Journey?, 09 Aug 2011

Pain May be an Ally in Our Grief Journeys, 12 Jul 2011

Animal Energies Help Make Sense of Grief Process, 08 Jun 2011

Is it OK to Feel Joy During the Grief Process?, 16 May 2011

Does Time Heal?, 03 Apr 2011

Peace in Eight: Friends, Rituals, Time Lessen the Pain of Child-Loss, 10 Mar 2011

Sharing Pain is a Gateway to Hope, 12 Feb 2011

Grievers and the Chemically Dependent Have Similar Journeys, 11 Jan 2011

Navigating Grief During the Holidays, 18 Dec 2010

Pieces of Me: Incorporating the Deceased into Ourselves, 15 Nov 2010

The Importance of Adequate Support for the Bereaved, 24 Aug 2010

Grief Lessons from the Wal-Mart Truck, 27 Jul 2010

Five Years After Child-Loss: Evolution of Grief, 28 Jun 2010

Mother Taught Son How to Grieve With Dignity, 09 May 2010

The Musical Journey of Grief, 06 Apr 2010

Pets, Grief and the ‘Bootsy and Angel Effect’, 06 Mar 2010

Do I Ever Stop Being a Bereaved Parent?, 29 Jan 2010

Connections to Daughter Abound Even After her Death, 03 Dec 2009

Ghosts of Memory: Integrating Our Loss Through Remembering, 21 Oct 2009

Deceased Daughter is Never Far Away, 21 Sep 2009