When her beloved husband died unexpectedly of Multiple Sclerosis and West Nile Virus, writer Melissa Gould started chronicling her grief journey through her personal essays and speaking engagements. Telling her story has been a crucial part of her healing and she has found meaningful connection in sharing it with others - especially those who are facing grief, loss, and unexpected life changes.
Early on, Melissa realized she did not fit the idea of widowhood. She didn't look like a widow (too young), or act like a widow (she found love again) but she felt like a widow... which is how she came up with widow...ish.
Melissa has lead various workshops and seminars on grief, meditation, and writing including at Soaring Spirits International, Camp Widow, The Ed Asner Family Center, and she has been the keynote speaker at Forest Lawn's Holiday Memorial Service, "Lights Of Remembrance."
She is an award-winning screenwriter who has written on such acclaimed TV series as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Party of Five, Beverly Hills 90210, and Lizzie McGuire. She has also written several TV movies for networks such as NBC and Disney Channel.
Her life as a parenting expert / "mompreneur" resulted in several branded columns on major industry websites including WebMD and DisneyFamily. In this capacity she appeared in front of the camera on such shows as Rachel Ray, Access Hollywood, KTLA’s Morning Show and many other "info-tainment" programs.
Melissa lives in Los Angeles, CA. Widowish, a memoir, has been named one of the "best books on grief" and is her first book.