Marty Tousley


Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC is a nationally certified grief counselor who has focused her practice on issues of loss, grief and transition for nearly 50 years. As both a bereaved parent and a bereaved child herself, she joined Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona as a bereavement counselor in 1996, and for ten years served as moderator for its innovative online grief forums. In October 2013, sole ownership of the Grief Healing Discussion Groups site was returned to her, where she continues to serve as administrator and moderator. She is a contributing author for Open to Hope, The Grief Toolbox and Self-Healing Expressions, and has written a number of books, booklets, articles, online e-mail courses and e-books addressing various aspects of loss and grief. With her special interest in the human-animal bond, she facilitated a pet loss support group for bereaved animal lovers in Phoenix for 15 years, and now serves as consultant to the Pet Loss Support Group at Hospice of the Valley and to the Halton-Peel Pet Loss Support Group in Ontario, Canada. Through her award-winning Grief Healing website and blog, she offers information, comfort and support to anyone who is anticipating or mourning the loss of a loved one, whether that is a person or a cherished companion animal. In her work with caregivers and the bereaved, she accompanies people who are struggling with, working through, and overcoming the most devastating of losses. "Every day I learn something new from each of them," she says. "I cannot imagine more inspiring, uplifting work than this."



  • Grief Healing


  • Sarasota, FL