RI Authors Showcase – Meet Mari Dias

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Mari Dias

Dr. Mari Dias would like you to know that her first name is pronounced “Mary”- the alternative spelling is a result of an identity crisis in third grade. She is a mortician’s daughter who is often referred to as “the grief whisperer,” as well as a death doula and a Thanatologist (specialist in death and dying). She learned to read on her father’s lap by phonetically sounding out words in the obituaries. She believes in signs, life after death, and life before life. She is always humbled to be by the bedside, or spooning a dying client. A death is much like birth.

Mari holds certifications in both grief and complicated grief, and is director of GracePointe Grief Center in Rhode Island, which she shares with her pet therapy mini bernedoodle named Mercy.

She is the author of GriefSpeak, a compilation of her client’s stories shared in the safe space of her office. Each of the stories is a gift. The title echoes one of Mari’s strong beliefs – SPEAK YOUR GRIEF! To anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is perhaps one of the most effective methods to deal with the pain. Die without regrets, live as if you were dying, and take nothing for granted. Begin to check off your bucket list now – don’t wait for a terminal diagnosis. Fulfill your wishes and those of your loved ones.

Follow Mari on Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/456wewf3

If you would like to contact Mari on a professional basis, here is a link: http://gracepointegrief.com/

Mari has generously offered to gift a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Just let us know in the comments section one item that’s on your “bucket list.”

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

49 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Mari Dias

  1. I’ve been fortunate to have known Mari for over 20 years. She turned me on to the field of psychology and I’ve gone on to earn a masters in and teach psych. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t picked up her book yet, but it is now on my bucket list and look forward to checking it off soon.

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  2. i love having this opportunity to showcase dr mari dias – we’ve been working together for several years now, beginning when i lost my husband of 45 years!! i say, working together, because this is truly how our appointments proceed – her knowledge, insight, empathy, compassion are part and parcel with pointing out truths, accountability, and realism. she knows when to hold my hand, and when to let go. she’s willing to share her experiences at just the right moments – there’s something profound when you believe a person has walked in your shoes on some level.
    i’m so grateful dr dias is in my life – having her “listen” is a gift i give to myself.

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  3. Dr. Dias has great perspective on all levels of the grief spectrum. She guides you through your journey by giving you the questions to ask yourself. Her knowledge and insight are instrumental in helping you move forward by enabling you to preserve the most cherished of memories. Most importantly, a patient is never made to feel rushed when in session.

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  4. Truthfully I do not have a bucket list. Maybe I opted to live only in the present. Not sure. I have known Mari my whole life. Even stole her idea of changing the spelling of my name. Seemed like a good idea in the 60’s. Mari and I read and read together as kids. I knew she had something special. I could tell she “ got it.” Always learning and understanding she has transferred all that wonderfulness to generations! Who ever is in her path certainly will be blessed 😇

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  5. Truthfully I do not have a bucket list. Maybe I opted to live my life in the present only. Not sure. I have known Mari my whole life. Even stole her idea to change the spelling of my name. Seemed like a good idea in the 60’s ! Mari and I read and read together as kids. I knew she had something special. I could tell she “ got it!” Always learning and understanding. She has transferred all that wonderfulness to many generations. Whoever is in her path certainly will be blessed

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  6. Mari, you certainly have brought the right words to the table! And words are our beautiful way of communicating.
    I have been writing Thank You’s. I am at the beginning of my gratefulness and gratitude expressions. It is rewarding beyond “words”!

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  7. My bucket list, to make as many people feel special, important, not alone. To make at least one person’s day “happy”, and put a smile in their hearts💕

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  8. Mari is an amazing writer and councillor and has helped so many people she touches. Her volume 1 of her book has been so very helpful to so many who have recently experienced loss. I have been told they have found great comfort in her storytelling. People are now inquiring about volume 2!!
    So very proud to call her my friend!

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  9. I am privileged to have known Mari and her family for well over fifty years. Mari is doing God’s work and it was particularly comforting to me that she was able to practice what she preaches during the recent passing of her brother who was a very close childhood friend.
    One of my bucket list items is to pilot a boat to the Abaco Islands.

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  10. Mari Dias is everything good in this world and she puts good right back into it. She has changed so many lives for the better and is completely wholehearted in all that she does. I am honored to know her and be able to appreciate her work in the form of her book. One thing on my bucket list is to help change the school system for the better, or at least one!

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  11. Amazing stories with amazing endings. Each story, I said “No way” and ended with a “WOW!”.
    Having a near death experience of my own 18 months ago. Both my mother and brother passing within a year prior, “Grief Speaks”, truly helped me with my own battle with grief. Everyone looses someone in thier lives and death is a part of life. Thank you Mari for what you have done for me.

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  12. I am still working to accept the loss of my sister almost 4 years ago followed by my mom’s passing a year later. I try very hard to live in the present and look forward. I like the idea of a bucket list! Thank you!!

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  13. Mari, I absolutely love your book! Your doses of insight and perception bring comfort and clarity. Can’t wait for the next volume! On my bucket list is a visit to Punte Corve, a small town in Italy where my father’s family came from three generations ago, and a trip to Ireland to visit my grandmother’s homeland.

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  14. I’ve been lucky to check a few things off of my bucket list including writing/publishing a children’s book, but since I was a kid, I dreamed of holding a baby chimpanzee. It’s not as profound as Paul Caranci’s answer, but I can assure you it would mean the world to me.

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  15. Mari, thank you for sharing your wisdom and love with the world! ❤️ Grief is different for everyone and knowing you and Mercy are there to help us all navigate these feelings and emotions is very comforting! ❤️

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  16. Mari is a beautiful and talented gift sent here to assist those who need help understanding the deep meaning of it all. The fact that we are all beautiful pieces of a magnificent puzzle and int the end we’re all connected. Live every day with no regrets, live hard, love hard, treat everyone with love and respect as if we were all family because we are.

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  17. Years ago, I had the pleasure to hear Mari read her short story, The Mortician’s Daughter, and from that time on I have been a big fan. This volume of essays is so meaningful. At the top of my bucket list is a month long stay on Block Island with friends and family DURING THE WINTER. 😁

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    1. Mari is an amazing author & counselor! ❤️
      I love adding new and fun ideas on my bucket list! I still need to cross off white water rafting, hopefully next year I can do that.

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  18. I hope one day to visit Montana to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. Your book sounds so interesting, Mari, as I too work with grieving parents and find their stories so emotionally heartwarming. My book is about signs, particularly butterfly signs that have brought comfort to thousands of people who have lost a loved one. I feel our loved ones can communicate with us through the way God created nature, especially butterflies whose metamorphic nature speaks volumes and has made them the logo for grieving groups worldwide – the largest being The Compassionate Friends. Your caring heart and upbringing is the perfect combination to truly understand how to help people through this most difficult process of grieving.

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  19. I don’t have a physical bucket list, but I have always wanted to see England as my mother was born there. I see someone mentioned a train trip. That’s something I would love to do, too.

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  20. I’ve never had an official “Bucket List,” but after the death of two of my longtime friends in 2021, one from fifth grade and one from college, I have come to treasure the moments in life we often allow to slip by us. So, first on my bucket list is to finish my third book which focuses on those moments. I would also like to return to Cape Breton Island, Sedona, AZ, and hike somewhere spectacular, just don’t know where yet!

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  21. A bucket isn’t big enough, I need a barrel. Too many things to do and so little time. We all know now just how fragile and unpredictable life can be.

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  22. The one item currently at the top of my bucket list (such as it is) is to kick back into action (out of virus hiatus) my work on a book about police families surviving line-of-duty deaths, studying the social and mental health services, as well as the financial ones, currently available to help grieving families reassemble their lives, and to identify gaps in those services. I love the fact that your book may well be an important resource as I work on mine. (If I don’t win it here, I’ll be sure to buy it at the Expo!)

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  23. I have pretty much emptied my bucket at my age. What seems to be laying on the bottom of the bucket is a list of movies made from my seven novels. The list appears to be stuck on the bottom and I am gently trying to pry it loose. That would be nice. Mari, I too believe in reincarnation and have devoted an entire novel on the subject. It is called “A Life Before”, and is highly rated on Amazon. Perhaps we will meet at the ARIA Expo in December.

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  24. A six week trip to Australia is at the top of my bucket list! Maybe some day. I think that your book would be helpful to my grieving aunt. Christmas is coming. I plan on attending the Showcase event. I’ll look for it, Thank you.

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  25. In a few days I will begin the final year of my sixth decade, and this week have lost one of my closest friends. Our younger son recently visited us for ten days, only the second time we’ve seen him in eleven years. These three bits of life converged in a way that makes me reflect on how short our time on earth is. It’s a bit frightening and melancholy. Still, the brevity of time compels one to enjoy each day, each moment.
    Your essays sound heartening.
    I don’t have much of a bucket list, but I would like some day soon to visit our son in his Los Angeles home and to meet in person his cadre of friends.

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  26. I am fascinated by your book. I had no idea there were such services as yours. And no, I don’t have a bucket list! I live one day at a time. Thank you for enlightening me today.

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  27. Oh, what you do is so important! When my Mom passed away last year, it really hit me just how quickly time passes, and we need to treasure every day. I have a long bucket list, but the most important thing for me is to know that my Autistic son will be well settled and taken care of before I go.

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  28. That “one” item on my bucket list has many parts that I’m reasonably certain I will never bring to total fruition. I would like to visit all of the sites of Marian apparitions around the world. Since some of those apparitions appeared in country’s whose name I can’t pronounce. I’m pretty sure my bucket will be only partially full at the time of my own death. I will hopefully get to see the others from above.

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