How I got to Who I Am- About Me
This is me; husband to my better two-thirds, father of three, grandfather of five and servant to God’s kingdom. Well, I used to be a grandfather of five. I really don’t know any other way to make that statement. On May 11, 2016, my 4-year-old grand-princess Alanna died in a tragic accident. On that day my DNA changed, grief is now in the fiber of who I am as a husband, father, and servant of God’s kingdom— but it is not ALL of who I am.
I know firsthand the heartache of losing a child and the complication that comes with being a grieving grandparent and caregiver. I also know the struggle of searching for resources and support for grieving men, grandparents those struggling with ‘complicated grief’, all of which I needed. A researcher and explorer by nature, I feverishly poured through all the materials I could find, directly related to grief or not. In this research, I uncovered areas of grief that are not being talked about, moral injury and self-forgiveness in particular. Along the way I found mentors (guides) to help me on my journey; R. Glenn Kelly, Danny Mack, Beverly Ross, Dr. Everett Worthington, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and others. They encouraged me to take my place as a guide on this journey to help others in my own unique way.
I’m damaged, not destroyed. I know grief, but I also know each person is their own grief journey expert, just some need a guide to help them travel well. It is my desire to be that guide. I see you, and I want you to know you don’t have to walk alone.
In Your Face, But on Your Side- My Professional Bio
Keynote Speaker and Author Bradley Vinson is an expert on grief recovery, moral injury, and self-forgiveness. Bradley is a certified coach and teacher with the John Maxwell Team and a founding member of the Your Secret Name team, helping people discover who God created them to be. He is also an award-winning author and has written numerous articles on Biblical and spiritual issues.
Bradley has worked with churches and organizations to deliver hope through speaking and teaching audiences across the country in the areas of Grief Recovery, Moral Injury and Self Forgiveness. He is a highly sought-after and engaging personality and has the perfect combination of truth-telling and whit to convict audiences to move forward. His expertise is derived from his unique perspective of one who has experienced compound loss, life experiences and research in the tough topics relating to spiritual issues and grief. As a trained speaker and presenter, Bradley incorporates that experience into keynote addresses and seminars that move audiences to action. His knack for simple, straightforward story-telling resonates with his audiences and leaves them empowered to conquer the areas of their lives that need attention.