As a direct outgrowth of losing his wife and children, Benjamin Allen has worked with grieving individuals and groups for many years and recently completed the book Out of the Ashes: Healing in the Afterloss. He has been trained and certified by The Grief Recovery® Institute (GRI). Beginning his career as a Southern Baptist minister, he worked for the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1985-1991, was the founding Director of the Dallas AIDS Interfaith Network, and a member of the Texas Legislative Task Force on AIDS and the National AIDS Commission. From 1991-1995 he worked with the HIV Research Group at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He now defines his beliefs this way; “I have no labels, no attachment to a particular belief. All I know is that I am a human, born of Spirit. And in Spirit, there is only love.” Benjamin can be reached at www.theafterloss.net.