Melissa Dalton-Bradford is an author, independent scholar, popular public speaker, wife, and bereaved mother, who has published essays, poetry, and two books, including On loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourning with Them. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, speaks five languages and has taught language, humanities and writing on the university level. She and her husband Randall have built their family in Vienna, Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Geneva, and are presently moving to Frankfurt. It was in the middle of a major move––from Paris, France to Munich, Germany––that the Bradfords lost their firstborn son Parker to a tragic drowning accident. He was attempting to save the life of a fellow student caught in a lethal hidden whirlpool. With that tragedy, Melissa was catapulted to the most foreign world she’s ever inhabited, the entirely alien—but transformative––land of loss.