The Living Memories Project

By remembering the lives and legacies of loved ones, we can take concrete steps to heal ourselves.

By remembering and celebrating how they lived, rather than how they died, we can enhance our resilience, compassion, and creativity.

During the promotional tour for her first book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies that Last, Dr. Meryl Ain saw that people grieving for loved ones, as well as professionals who work with the bereaved, needed a new approach and additional tools to help in the process of moving forward.

This determination to support others in coming to terms with the loss of a loved one led Dr. Ain to bring together resources, stories and to help professionals individuals, and bereavement groups transform grief into positive action and living legacies.

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Talking About Grief With A Comedian

Jordon Ferber is a comedian, who tackles the intrinsically unfunny topic of grief on his podcast, Where’s The Grief? By talking about grief, which he says “can be a very isolating experience,” he hopes “to normalize the conversation, which is often difficult to discuss with friends and even family.” He...
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Keeping Alive Memories of Our Parents

Reprinted from, 03/19/2014, by Meryl Ain, Ed.D. I still remember the first time I heard The Beatles on the radio as a teenager. My mother had just told me that my boyfriend had arrived for our Saturday night date. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” came on the radio...
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Keeping Memories Alive Through Candid Conversation

Reprinted from, Updated Apr 30, 2014, by Meryl Ain, Ed.D. Anderson Cooper and Liam Neeson courageously engaged in a conversation on 60 Minutes that we rarely see on prime time TV. Cooper interviewed Neeson about the loss of his wife, Natasha Richardson, five years after she died in a...
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Harnessing the Power of Grief

Reprinted from, March 18, 2014, by Meryl Ain My mother would have turned 93 this year. She died after a brief illness in November 2006. Although I knew she had lived a long life, I was bereft.  There is never enough time with a loved one. Although I was...
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The stories in this book are inspiring for their ability to embrace loss and grieving in ways that facilitate human development. They are not only a testament to the rewards of deep love and friendship, but also a confirmation that life and death are inextricably intertwined.

Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD, Developmental Psychologist

The Living Memories Project fulfills its mission with flying colors. It not only teaches us how people successfully preserve the memory of their loved ones, it demonstrates how we can live our lives to maximum effect. A truly wonderful book on resilience, compassion and creativity.

Rabbi Shaul Praver, Newtown, Connecticut


Great Neck, NY – Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 3 p.m.

Temple Isaiah Welcomes Dr. Meryl Ain Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 p.m. 1 Chelsea Place Great Neck Plaza, NY 11021 (516) 487-5373 Dr. Ain will lead an interactive workshop to offer creative and meaningful ways to help the community remember and celebrate the lives and legacies of loved ones. Meryl Ain, Ed.D., The Comfort Coach, inspires people to transcend their losses by keeping alive the memories, passions, values and legacies of those they have lost. She helps to promote healing by providing professionals, organizations, and individuals with the tools to foster optimistic thinking, positive projects, and resilience. A former teacher and...
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Commack, NY – Friday, December 16, 2016 – 8:30 a.m.

Suffolk Y JCC Welcomes The Living Memories Project Authors! 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725 (631) 462-9800 Friday, December 16 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Suffolk Y JCC will hold The Living Memories Project Grief and Bereavement Conference geared to professionals in grief and bereavement counseling. Continuing Education Credits are available. The public is welcome.