Michelle Jarvie

Michelle Jarvie is an author, educator, and mentor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began her career in mediation and business analysis after obtaining a master’s in public policy. Within two years of graduation, she married and lost her husband, James, to a motor vehicle crash. While searching for hope and coping mechanisms, Michelle quit her job, learned how to remodel a house, and sought trauma and grief counseling. Sixteen months after her loss, she started volunteering to read with two fifth grade girls who desperately needed a dependable, caring adult in their lives. As a result of this opportunity, Michelle decided to pursue a teaching license in English education. Since graduation in 2011, she has been teaching creative writing, writers’ workshop, and global literature courses at the high school level. She also regularly speaks to large and small groups of teenagers about grief, depression, and moving forward (not “moving on”). She loves to bring in Star Trek stories and quotes about grief to supplement her own. Michelle remarried in June 2013 and, with her new husband Sean, is expecting her first child in February 2015. They love to travel leisurely, stop for great food, and philosophize about changing the world.



What Makes Sudden Death So Different?, 22 May 2017

A Young Widower’s Marathon, Part 2: Healing, Resilience and Dating, 04 Apr 2017

A Young Widower’s Marathon, Part 1: Cancer and its Aftermath, 02 Apr 2017

My Second Chapter: Life, Marriage, Family, 04 Jan 2017

Lunch Date with Resilience: Sisu After Pregnancy Loss, 08 Nov 2016

Lunch Date with Resilience: Not Everything Happens ‘For a Reason’, 17 Aug 2016

Go Ahead, Judge Me for My Tattoos: How Memorial Tattoos Help, 30 Jun 2016

Blueprint for a Difficult Conversation: How to Stand Up for What You Need, 21 Mar 2016

A Letter to Myself (as a New Widow), 09 Jan 2016

The Place of Transition: Finding Purpose After Loss, 23 Dec 2015

Then and Now: The Roller Coaster of Being ‘Thankful’, 16 Nov 2015

10 Artistic Activities to Help With Grief, 21 Jul 2015

Kaleidoscope: Rearranging the Pieces After Loss, 17 Apr 2015

‘Moving On’ vs. ‘Moving Forward’: The Preposition Matters, 10 Feb 2015