Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mari Dias!


The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Dr. Mari Dias

It’s my honor to welcome Mari Dias to the blog today. Mari was a guest here last year and had the most engagement of anyone! Here’s a chance to learn more about her:

Mari, what name do you use as an author?  Dr. Mari Nardolillo Dias

Where is your hometown? North Kingstown, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Nonfiction memoir

What have you written? GriefSPEAK: Stories of Loss, Volumes I and II (2021, 2022)

Who are some of your favorite authors? Irvin Yalom, Chloe Benjamin and John Irving

What were your favorite books growing up? The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright, The Boxcar Children Mysteries Series by Gertrude C Warner and Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

What do you like best about writing? The catharsis and debriefing it affords me. It is a great method of self-care.

What do find most challenging about writing? The solitude and the aloneness.

Where do you draw your inspiration? From my clients

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Irvin Yalom. What’s the title going to be? Life of Sighs

In Mari’s words: As a Thanatologist, certified grief counselor, and hospice volunteer, I find bereavement and end of life counseling to be my destiny. It is humbling and gratifying; I am privileged to work with grieving a loss (death and non-death), both expected or traumatic, as well as spending the remaining months of an individual’s life with them.

I have worked with people of all ages as they grieve. I use methods based on the cognitive and emotional development of the individual. This includes play, theater, art and storytelling therapies for children, which is modified for teens. When working with adults I use individual and group facilitation with an integrative therapeutic approach.

My website is www.gracepointegrief.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GracePointeGrief

Mari is offering a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. To be eligible, just consider this:

It’s Thanksgiving time. You have an empty chair at the table. Who has passed that you would like sitting in that chair to enjoy this family feast? If you believe in signs, what sign do you associate with this person?

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!