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Award-Winning Author Elaine Voci, Ph.D., Featured in International Best Seller ‘Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference’
In her chapter “Your Life Can Light The Way,” author Elaine Voci shares the story of her Italian immigrant grandparents and how their values—and their love—shaped her future.
Indianapolis, Ind., October 17, 2019 – In her new book, international best seller Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference, multi-published author, life coach, and professional speaker Elaine Voci, Ph.D., is featured among 50 women contributors who share their personal and professional stories of hardships, triumphs, life lessons, crushing losses, and moving forward. Voices of the 21st Century empowers, inspires, and encourages women to forge ahead during difficult times, pursue professional goals, and live their best lives.
Voci delivers a powerful narrative in her chapter “Your Life Can Light The Way” which honors her Italian immigrant grandparents who taught her—and showed her—how to live an ethical life of kindness, compassion, honesty, and hard work even in the face of adversity. She illustrates how her grandparents, who faced obstacles borne of prejudice when they came to the United States, shaped her values, passions, and aspirations. Despite those obstacles, Voci’s grandparents thrived; they created lives of purpose, raised their families, enriched their communities, and passed their resilience, determination, and respect for humanity on to the next generation.
“My story is a love letter to my Italian immigrant grandparents whose influence shaped my values, beliefs, and philosophy of life,” says Voci. “I learned from these four special people that an inspired life is one in which we care for others with kindness and compassion; that we carry a positive attitude toward everything we do; and that we stand for what we believe in, acting with integrity, courage, and humility to leave the world a better place, and a legacy of love.”
Voices of the 21st Century is a collaborative effort; a collection of 50 beautifully written essays that illuminate the value of women’s voices and embrace the art of storytelling to empower other women to reach their goals, find their purpose, and live authentically. Voci’s chapter is in good company, and she lights the way for other women, and immigrants, to tell their stories and speak their truths.
“Our stories bring new ways of thinking that are authentic and personal,” explains Voci. “While each of our voices is unique, we share a common thread of bringing forth our collective voices to celebrate a new era in which women take ownership of, and step into, being the leaders that they are, using their voice to empower others, thus causing transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities, and the world.”
Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference is published by the Women Speakers Association, and is available in paperback at www.elainevoci.com, and other online retailers including Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.
Review copies of Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference are available to media contacts upon request. Author Elaine Voci is available for interviews.
About Elaine Voci
Elaine Voci, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, her master’s degree from Purdue University in Indiana, and her doctorate from Columbia Pacific University in California. She is a life coach, an award-winning author of nine non-fiction books, a Life-Cycle Celebrant®, and is a frequent speaker at OASIS Indy where she offers workshops on Conscious Aging. She gives presentations to many organizations, as well as national and state conferences, on topics of psychology, spirituality, bereavement, and life’s transitions.
Elaine is a member of the Women Speakers Association and the International Women’s Writing Guild, and has been named one of the Top Ten Best Life Coaches in Indianapolis by Expertise.com.
“Something Beautiful Remains,” a new article from Elaine Voci about the elements of officiating at a Celebration of Life, was recently published at OpenToHope.com.
I was featured as a guest on “Until We Meet Again,” a podcast created by host Elizabeth Fournier in Oregon. We talked about my grief coloring book, Resilience Art, and enjoyed some sweet conversation. Elizabeth is a funeral home owner, and one of a growing number of female morticians in the U.S. She is a delightful host and it was a pleasure to speak with her.
“There’s Something Ancient about Comforting Grief with Food,” a recent article by Elaine Voci about the ways we use food to connect with and comfort others, was published on the blog, AfterTalk.
New online school, Elaine Voci Navigating Life’s Transitions, offers practical, inspiring courses to manage grief, heal from loss, and build emotional resilience.
Indianapolis, Ind., June 4, 2019 – Directly following the release of her eighth book, The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief (March 2019), life and bereavement coach Elaine Voci, Ph.D., announces the launch of her online school, Elaine Voci Navigating Life’s Transitions, which she developed and designed via the e-learning platform of Teachable.com. Her school currently features two courses: a six-week self-paced flagship course, How to Integrate Your Grief, Build Emotional Resilience, and Heal Your Life; and a stand-alone mini course, The Surprising Side of Life After Loss.
“As a life and bereavement coach, a writer, and a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® trained in funerals, I have always been fascinated by how human beings react to life’s challenges,” explains Voci. “Among all the challenges we face, grief and loss are universal experiences that all human beings will go through.”
Elaine Voci Navigating Life’s Transitions offers a dynamic curriculum, including instructional coursework for using music, art, and ritual to heal from grief that draws from Voci’s 30 years of professional experience as well as her own personal stories of loss. She writes with honesty, compassion, and a profound understanding of the complexities of dealing with death, dying, and grief. Her caring, authentic approach, combined with her educational background, her masterful storytelling, and her prolific career in group facilitation, coaching, writing, and public speaking, delivers a robust and meaningful learning experience for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of personal transformation and healing from loss.
“Whether you are newly bereaved, or you have been living with the loss of a loved one for some time, it is my intention that these courses will help you manage your grief, no matter where you’re starting from,” says Voci. “My courses are designed to help ease you through one of life’s most significant transitions—the loss of a loved one—with all the dignity and grace it deserves.”
The official launch date for Elaine Voci Navigating Life’s Transitions is June 4, 2019, when both courses will be open for enrollment. Potential students and visitors can enroll at any time, and are invited to join the school’s mailing list to receive monthly newsletters and special offerings only available to subscribers.
About Elaine Voci
Elaine Voci, Ph.D., is a life coach and a Life-Cycle Celebrant®, offering life and bereavement coaching to couples, families, and adults. She teaches workshops on caregiving and conscious aging, and facilitates a quarterly Death Cafe in her community. Dr. Voci is the author of eight inspirational books, a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, a founding associate member of the Women Speakers Association, and has been named one of the Top Ten Best Life Coaches in Indianapolis by Expertise.com. Her own grief experiences have helped her integrate a positive life philosophy that acknowledges life and death as two sides of the same coin.
It is with great joy and appreciation of our shared vision and interests that I announce to you that my online school, known as Elaine Voci Navigating Life’s Transitions, will soon launch on teachable.com. My first course offerings will focus on grief and grieving.
Navigating Life’s Transitions intends to weave together the knowledge that we all share a surprising ability to be resilient, and the “direct” knowing that grief deepens our interpersonal connections, with my commitment to creating a more compassionate world.
As you connect with my school’s courses on teachable.com, you will find comforting ways to experience, explore, and engage with your grief to enrich your life and inspire you to find a path to healing.
“Suicide, Betrayal and Coming Home,” a new article from Elaine Voci about the traumatic loss of her husband and her seven-year journey through grief and healing, was recently published at OpenToHope.com.
Indianapolis, IN – In her new book, The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief, Indianapolis-based bereavement expert, life coach, and Death Cafe facilitator Elaine Voci, Ph.D., uses her masterful storytelling skills and years of professional experience to dispel bad advice that can be harmful to people who are grieving. Healthy grieving, Voci explains, includes self-compassion and the ability to recognize harmful advice and common myths that can negatively impact the healing process when mourning a loved one.
Facing the loss of loved ones, and the grief that accompanies those losses, is a unique and individual life-changing experience. The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief compassionately examines the myths, perpetuated in society, that create fear, guilt, and often lead to the bereaved asking themselves, “Am I doing this right?” Voci clearly and empathetically confirms that there isn’t a “right” way, or only one way, to grieve.
“There is a growing agreement among death educators that grieving does not follow a set of stages,” says Voci. “Instead, it comes in oscillating waves, a dual process that goes back and forth between being focused on loss, and being focused on restoring ourselves.”
Sharing compelling stories of grief and loss that she has faced in her own life, Voci crafts a comforting, insightful, honest narrative that draws its authenticity from her prolific career, specialized training, and personal experiences. She explains how she, and others, live with and process the emotions and changes that accompany grief, and illustrates how recognizing bad advice—the myths about how, when, and for how long one should mourn—is essential for healthy grieving. Voci provides guidance for navigating these harmful falsehoods, and offers healthy ways to ease the pain of grief, honor loved ones, and accept that loss and grieving are universal human experiences.
“The grief journeys I have taken have given me the gift of courage to keep loving others even at the risk of one day losing them,” explains Voci. “My hope is that this booklet will add to your grace as you are opened, deepened, strengthened, and softened by your grief.”
The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief was published by a local company that is no longer in business, but the book is available in paperback at www.elainevoci.com.
Review copies of The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief are available to media contacts upon request.
Author Elaine Voci is available for interviews.
About Elaine Voci
Elaine Voci, Ph.D., is a life coach and a Life-Cycle Celebrant®, offering life and bereavement coaching to couples, families, and adults. She teaches workshops on caregiving and conscious aging, and facilitates a quarterly Death Cafe in her community. Dr. Voci is the author of eight inspirational books, a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, and has been named one of the Top Ten Best Life Coaches in Indianapolis by Expertise.com. Her own grief experiences have helped her integrate a positive life philosophy that acknowledges life and death as two sides of the same coin.