Val received her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a rehabilitation and grief consultant. Her articles and interviews have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Time, Good Housekeeping, Coping with Cancer, Boston Globe Magazine, Marie Claire and Whole Living. Her first book, The Art of Comforting (Penguin/Random House, 2010) won the Nautilus Book Award. Val is also the author of the upcoming title 400 Friends and No One to Call, set to release in March 2020.
She is a contributor to the Health Story Collaborative in Boston, MA, and teaches and speaks throughout New England. Her topics include comforting people in distress, breaking through isolation, and building social support after loss. Her next book, part memoir and part self-help guide, is about breaking out of isolation and building friendships, community, and a sense of belonging. Keep up with Val at www.HearteningResources.com