Using Your Hands to Heal Your Heart & Losing Your Mom to Cancer with Author Kristy Boike (The Today Show, People Magazine)

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Kristy is the author of, "Rise Up, Little Bluebirds," a sweet tale of grief and community. She lives with her husband and four children in Southern Minnesota. Today we discuss the loss of her mom to cancer, going viral on Facebook Marketplace, and writing her first children's book about loss.

Kristy is the spearhead of her family’s heart forward bluebird house business “Rudolph’s Bluebird Houses” which they built around giving back and to create community and support surrounding grief after the loss of Kristy’s mother to cancer in 2018. Seeing the way her father was using his hands to help heal his heart by building homes for her mother’s favorite bird, she had the idea to connect his houses to the community and they are now helping thousands of other families work through their grief. The bluebird carries the universal symbol of joy and happiness along with it and has became an emblem of hope for their family through their loss. It reminds us that grief is a process and it can be a little less isolating when we help each other through it.

"One of the most important things they’ve learned as a family through their philanthropic outreach is the power of community and how universal the feelings of loss in life are. As isolating as grief can feel, we aren’t as alone when we help each other through it." -Kristy

Want to learn more about Kristy and her family? Check out the Press page for articles, TV segments and podcast links. @riseuplittlebluebirds

Kristy's Viral Post: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/551119999602145/

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