Before completing college, Mary Mac had experienced the death of four friends – two teenagers to drunk drivers, two college students to inoperable cancer. Later she would sustain many other deaths of family members and close friends including the murder of her former husband’s 11 year-old daughter, which took them on an 18 year journey to help solve the crime. It was these life experiences that led her to become involved in the field of bereavement.
Mary is an award-winning author, speaker, private bereavement and executive grief coach, consultant, trainer, nationally-known crime victims’ rights advocate, and President of the Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc. She co-founded the first chapter of Parents of Murdered Children in New York City. She trained Assistant District Attorneys, Homicide Detectives and Crime Victim/Witness counselors on how to better communicate with crime victims and served as their liaison with families of homicide victims, often joining them at murder trials. She served as Founding Treasurer for the political action committee, Justice for All, and helped shape numerous pieces of legislation in New York to favor crime victims.
Mary uses her expertise to assist the bereaved through her website where her bereavement articles, books and blog help hurting people better understand their journey. Her exclusive one-day VIP retreat helps CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Senior Executives concentrate on their own grief, giving them a safe place to release their emotions, and setting up a gameplan to honor their own pain while being the rock for everyone else in their life.
While there are many organizations whose mission is to help dying children, such as hospice and St. Jude, Mary birthed the Foundation for Grieving Children as a response to the very real need to assist children regardless of how their family members had died or was killed. The seed for the foundation was planted in her spirit in the late 1980s when she led bereavement support groups and could find limited assistance for siblings and children of those who had been murdered.
The Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc. is the first national public charity whose mission is to raise funds and provide grants to community-based organizations which assist, educate, counsel and comfort grieving children, teens, young adults and their families after the death of a loved one through any circumstances. It also educates families, society and professionals to their needs and challenges.
She was honored by the New York State Senate Legislative Resolution for her work with Survivors of Homicide Victims, was profiled in the New York Daily News, and featured in newspaper articles in Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, the Scranton Times Tribune and many others. She has also been quoted in O (Oprah’s) Magazine, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and dozens more.
She has written articles and blogs for numerous sites on the web and print magazines. She has also appeared on television shows including CBS News' Up to the Minute, News 12 Long Island, and radio shows including Ask the Doctor (NYU Medical Center Radio), To Your Good Health Radio. (See more here.)
She has presented workshops at numerous Parents of Murdered Children national conferences, the World Gathering of Bereavement, and grieving children conferences. Sharing the stage with Dr. Earl Grollman, she spoke about the unique challenges and needs of survivors of homicide victims.
She also served as press spokesperson for POMC conferences where she would write and distribute press releases and was interviewed by local news, radio and print media.
In 2009, she received the “Healing Hands” award from A Caring Hand, New York City’s only center for grieving children, for her tireless efforts in helping grieving children, and the University of Scranton’s “Frank O’Hara” award, the highest recognition given to distinguished alumni.
In 2013 her dream of creating a children’s book became reality with the publishing of Iggy The Train Cat, a story she wrote a decade earlier. With the help of a wonderful illustrator, Iggy was born. Partial proceeds from this and all her books helps support the Foundation for Grieving Children.
It is her passion to help executives better understand their grieving process, heal and revitalize their lives after a loved one’s death and address the unmet needs of grieving children, teens and young adults which birthed the creation of the foundation.
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Mary Mac specializes in helping executives and entrepreneurs understand and navigate through their grieving process after a significant tragedy. If you are suffering emotionally, physically, financially and/or spiritually because you've tried to take care of everyone else but yourself, this is your time and this is the place.