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R. Glenn Kelly, or Ron to his friends, is the father of Jonathan Taylor Kelly, an amazing young man who passed away after living sixteen wonderful years with only half a heart; a rare congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Since that fateful time, R. Glenn has dedicated his time and resources to supporting the bereavement community through his books, articles and public speaking engagements on the taboo topic of grieving men, and the way men and women process their grief equally, yet in ways unique to their gender.
In 2016 alone, R. Glenn has appeared on Trinity Broadcast Network, CBS News, and multiple radio programs. He was honored as the Key Note Speaker at the headquarters of Delta Airlines in March, before a national “Fly-In” of grieving employees who had lost children.
In addition, in 2016, R. Glenn has presented or served as a panel member in grief support workshops at the National Conferences of the following 501(c)(3) grief support organizations: “In Loving Memory” in Fairfax, Virginia, The Bereaved Parents of the USA in Indianapolis, Indiana, and The Compassionate Friends in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In support of the grief support community, R. Glenn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bereaved Parents of the USA, as well as holding active and participatory board memberships with The National Grief and Hope Coalition, and Cry for Me No More, Inc. He is also a proud board member with the Family Partners Council at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where his precious son Jonathan lost his life.
R. Glenn Kelly is the published author of the award winning books, “Sometimes I Cry in the Shower: A Grieving Father’s Journey to Wholeness and Healing,” “The Griefcase: A Man’s Guide to Healing and Moving Forward in Grief,” and “Grief Healings 365: Daily Inspirations in Moving Forward to Your New Normal.” Today, many parts of his books are being used in chapter level grief support sessions throughout the country. R. Glenn can only hopes that at least one grieving man, woman, or couple, finds something in his works to help move forward in their healing journey.
"Frankly, we were all blown away by you. You are really good; very knowledgeable. Although I know you would have rather lived your whole life without gaining that knowledge, thank you for using your pain to help others."
Marybeth Conley | Talkshow Host | Live at 9 Program | CBS News Channel 3 Memphis
"R. Glenn Kelly was the guest speaker at Delta Air Lines Wrenched Hearts Spring Fly In. Wrenched Hearts is Delta’s peer support group for parents who have lost children. Mr. Kelly brought an engaging and compassionate message on “how men grieve”. As a father who has lost a child himself, Mr. Kelly was not only our speaker but he felt like one of our members. He is able to discuss grief from a personal stand point and intersperse the discussion with humor to lighten the mood when needed. Delta’s Wrenched Hearts will absolutely have Mr. Kelly back to speak.'
Tim Moye | Founder – Wrenched Hearts | Delta Airlines Headquarters – Altanta, Georgia
"Ron Kelly (R. Glenn) is very knowledgeable about the grieving process and how to assist those on their grief journeys. He has an effervescent personality and easily engages his audience. Ron’s passion for his subject matter is evident as he conveys his heartfelt knowledge to his listeners. Mr. Kelly is an outgoing, friendly individual whom you will observe interacting with those in attendance at meals, between seminars and at the conference site. He has “stage presence”, which is vitally important as a speaker. I have worked personally with Ron at bereavement conferences and he is an asset to the bereavement community.
I would also recommend Ron’s books, “Sometimes Men Cry in the Shower” ad “The Griefcase.” These two books are comprehensive and are necessary additions to everyone’s personal library."
Kay Bevington | Founder & Editor Alive Alone, Inc. | An international nonprofit organization that ministers to the needs of parents whose only child/all children are deceased
"Thank you so much for sharing with our families this Saturday. Your presentation was awesome, as usual. Blessings as you continue to move forward in helping other bereaved families find peace in loss."
Sarita Wilson-Guffin | Chaplin & Bereavement Support Coordinator | Le BonHeur Children's Hospital
"It was a pleasure to meet you at the ILM (In Loving Memory) Conference. Thank you so much for participating in the Gender Issues workshop with us. You had great information and presented it clearly.
We especially were blessed by your enthusiasm throughout the conference and willingness to help wherever needed. Your outgoing personality brought hope to many."
Penny and Ray Young | Board Members – In Loving Memory
"R. Glenn Kelly is an amazing man with an amazing heart and he has brought so much in such a short time to our organization CFMNM and the grief community as a whole. On top of all he gives so freely to the bereaved, he has given me his friendship and support in my continued days on this roller coaster of grief. Ron is a beacon in the darkness who understands how important this light is to all of us that belong to “the club” that no one signed up for. It is through pioneers like our partner in the grief community R. Glen Kelly that this paradigm will begin to shift. I honor you Ron and all the Men out there for feeling their feelings."
Deana Martin Ownes | Co-Founder and Vice President of Cry For Me, No More, Inc.
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A Very Special Poem to Jonathan
I remember mom telling me your heart was sick.
I never imagined it would so soon stop to tick.
When your heart stopped responding.
Mine left me sobbing.
Now, do you remember those good days?
When we would draw on the driveways.
I still love to remember those happy, funny, sunny days.
When we sang into our ice cream cones like they were microphones.
Putting on a show, a show that warmed our family’s hearts.
We’ve made lots of memories.
We’ve made lots of people laugh.
We’ve had a special bond over the years.
If hearts were clocks they would never stop.
I still love you even if you are gone.
But it wasn’t so easy for me to move on.
~ Tess Rivoallan
Jon's Cousin in France