Their Story Matters, with Sara Troy and her guest Kevin Ringstaff, on air from January 18th
Kevin Ringstaff has been a student of grief for many years. He creates products and activities on grief and invents ways to help teach grief to everyone. Kevin’s been through several grief certification programs over the years and he’s currently studying to be a Board Certified Hospital Chaplain. He spends his days talking about grief, creating activities and products around grief, and listening to the stories from people all over the country.
He founded his first company, PetCloud (www.petcloud.pet) to help those who are going through the loss of a pet, and his second company, Grieving@Work (www.grievingatwork.com) to teach management how to better support grieving employees in the workplace.
His life is currently graced and occupied by 3 pets, his Old English Sheepdog, Sir William Broderick (“Brody”), his cat Ponce de León (“Ponce”), and a Tarantula that he accidentally came into possession of, Lucy.
We are on 4 sites and 14 audio and 2 video platforms as seen here.
My name is Kevin Ringstaff, and I am the founder of PetCloud. I spend my days talking about grief and educating people on how to support their friends, family, and co-workers through their grief. Mostly though, my daily job is to listen to the stories of love and loss by other people.
I recently moved to San Francisco to build and grow this community into a place where anyone, anywhere can come and share their grief and get support from others who really do understand the pain and anguish we go through when we lose someone we love.
Through my studies and counseling over the years, I’ve learned quite a lot about grief. It’s safe to say that as a society, we all have a tendency to hold on to grief. It’s awkward and uncomfortable to talk about. We feel like we might be judged especially if we tell other people how much we are hurting because of our losses.
I got into this business because of a loss of my own, Henry “Fats” Rothschild “Henry”, who was my furry orange monstrosity of a cat. When I lost him, I didn’t have anyone in my life that I really felt comfortable talking with about that kind of grief. So, as I did with most grief in my life, I just pushed it down and held it in. I went on like this for a long time until I found out about the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement (www.aplb.org), started by Dr. Wallace Sife. I got certified as a pet loss bereavement counselor through their program, and I’ve been helping people ever since.
Since that time, I’ve gone on to become a registered Pet Chaplain and a certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®, and now I’m in school again to be a Board Certified Chaplain. I’m always reading and studying more about grief and looking to speak to anyone who will listen.
PetCloud ® (www.petcloud.pet)
Grief Support Services for Pet Loss
Free Virtual Pet Loss Support Groups
Every Sunday at 3:00pm & 6:00pm PT
Toll-Free Pet Loss Support Line: 1-833-PET-1234; 9am – 9pm PT, Everyday
Grieving@Work ™ (www.grievingatwork.com)
Grief Education and Training for Management
A SHOW ON THIS COMING SOON.
Free Weekly Grief Workshop
Every Wednesday at 1:00pm PT