Barbara J. Hopkinson
Judy Keating interviews Barbara about life, writing, and purpose. Click here to listen.
Barbara J. Hopkinson helps families struggling with grief after the loss of a child to find hope and happiness again. Following her adult son’s sudden death in a motorcycle accident (and the loss of two infants before that), Barbara founded a local chapter, The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, part of an international organization. She is a model of hope, having helped hundreds of families.
Her unique perspective of personal loss and intimately witnessing so many bereaved families in grief formed the basis of her first book A Butterfly’s Journey . . . Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child. The book, along with her local retreats, online Resource Center, and individualized virtual options expand her support for bereaved families.
She received acknowledgment from New York Times’ bestselling author Andre Dubus, who declared her book to be “an important and timely contribution to the literature of spiritual and life-loving resilience.”
Barbara interviewed on several TV shows and radio stations. Visit www.abutterflysjourney.com for podcasts, videos, helpful blog topics, and other resources.
Barbara lives north of Boston with her husband, Jim. She enjoyed a successful career in international technology, including ten years as an IBM executive. Barbara has great relationships with her son, Brad,
and three adult stepchildren, Melanie, Matthew, and Christopher. She also has a passion for cooking, photography, and travel, having visited forty-six countries so far.