During an unprecedented time in history, hundreds of millions of people worldwide are experiencing traumatic events. These events have repercussions that affect people’s daily lives. Many people associate trauma with combat; however, trauma often stems from more common occurrences like sexual abuse, alcoholism, addiction, or physical violence and emotional abuse. Nearly half the people experiencing the loss of a loved one may feel the effects of post-traumatic stress. Almost everyone has been exposed to these experiences, either directly or indirectly.
Light in the Darkness: Uncovering Grief and Trauma provides a mental health “wisdom well” to help you connect to yourself and find hope again. It also provides case studies and compelling interviews with experts and survivors that delve into how to #liftthestigma of mental illness and free yourself and your loved ones from the long-term impact of traumatic experiences.
As someone who knows and loves many who are first responders or in the military, I have seen firsthand how many people experience the pain of trauma. Knowing that these experiences change the brain is huge, absolutely huge! Knowing that no one needs to stay in that place of deepest pain and that support and healing is possible is powerfully heart-filling and frankly, quite exciting. I strongly encourage you to read this book for yourself and read it for those you love. It may well change your life as you understand and embrace a new level of healing.
—Sandy Walden, Grief Coach, Author of The Acorn Journal, Messages of Connection from The Other Side
Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and members of the military are very adept at training for crisis situations and adapting to dynamic circumstances. Still, we struggle mightily coping with associated mental anguish. “Light in the Darkness” is a must read for those who protect us as it demonstrates a great life is possible beyond the grief.
—Jim Etzin, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Oakland County (Michigan) Tactical Training Consortium
I have always believed that good art does not come from a happy place, and it lets the onlooker take from it what their soul needs in that moment. This book is art in its most crucial, incontestable, and heart-achingly deliberate form. It helps you realize not only what your trauma looks like, but how to hold it so that it does not hurt you. Trauma and all the emotions that live within it are part of the human condition, yet an unfamiliar reality to many. Thank you for bringing these tools and resources together with empathy and precision.
—Kathy Velasquez, People Leader, Empath, Learner, Writer
“Light in the Darkness” is a beautiful integration of information, personal stories, and resources! As I read each chapter, I wiped tears and found myself nodding in agreement. This book is a gift for so many who are hurting and navigating their personal healing journeys. Kimberly and Brian, thank you for allowing yourselves to be vulnerable and share such raw emotions with us. Blessings to you both as you continue to do such critical and important work!
—Lisa Kelly, Intuitive Life Coach
After reading “Light in the Darkness,” I discovered how the perception of darkness can be a multitude of tragic episodes. I am more determined and motivated to help as many individuals see the Light. Personally, I will address my uncovered sufferings from my very own experiences due to childhood and adulthood family death. Your book captured me in ways of direct reflections and is so authentic and heartfelt, plus healing! Thanks for providing unity, inspiration and healing through this profound and powerful book. For certain a must read!
—Jarvis Johnson, Social Entrepreneur
Amazing! This book is a phenomenal guide through all the complex emotions of PTSD and the healing journey for all involved.
—Khristi Kennedy Otto, DC
“Light in the Darkness” hits home on so many levels for me and I’m sure for many others. I had chills and held back tears while reading through it. There are some raw and real worlds contained within. This book reminds us we are absolutely a light in the darkness and the giver of hope to ourselves and others. “Light in the Darkness” will save lives!
—Marie Green, Mother and Wife
As a fire trauma survivor, “Light in the Darkness” helped me to feel not quite so alone. Until you experience trauma yourself, most people seem to think you should just “get over” it with time. That, I have learned, is not true. Life is forever “before the fire” and “after the fire” for me. Seeing that I am not alone in this is of great comfort.
—Sasha Mauck, SJM Financials, Inc.
The research and personal dialogues about various forms of mental illness in “Light in the Darkness” help to destigmatize mental illness. Each chapter concludes with “The Wisdom Well” which is filled with resources that the reader can explore. Thank you, Kimberly and Brian, for the courage to share your very personal journey and especially sharing your grief at the loss of Taylor.
—Paul A. Linzmeyer, Community and Business Activist
Life is complex, and it comes with its own set of challenges. At any given point in our lives, trauma shows up unwillingly. The fight to get through trauma should never be done alone. It takes an immense amount of effort and community resources to help guide us to better understand our lives. This book highlights the importance of sharing our stories and the impact it has on others seeking a higher vibration. I highly recommend reading “Light in the Darkness” and sharing the light with those who need it.
—Corey Torres, Wellness Consultant, CoachCorey365 LLC
“Light in the Darkness” provides hope for recovery for those who have lived through pain and trauma. In reality, when a crisis happens, it exposes who we are and what we believe. I recommend “Light in the Darkness” because of its practicality in developing a personal strategy when walking through a trauma trail. This is a much-needed light to the path.
—Dwight Bain, Nationally Certified Counselor and founder of The LifeWorks Group
“Light in the Darkness” is a compelling, eye-opening, raw, and authentic compilation of personal experiences of trauma and how those experiences have affected individuals, families, and generations. As an expert in family and business psychology, I see the way patterns are passed down through the generations. I recognize that each individual’s experiences impact much more than the present day. I believe this book will shed light on the stigma of the mental health issues that are rooted in trauma and the lasting effects these experiences can have. I have the utmost respect for each person who had the courage to share their story, and wish for healing and brighter days for all. I encourage anyone looking for strength and trying to find peace to read this book!
—Anjali Seefeldt, MA, CFBA, Strategic Solutions Consulting
Deep, raw, and essential. This perfectly balanced book comes from a place of true vulnerability and passion. You can truly feel that the author(s) genuine care, not only for the subject matter, but for each and every reader individually. Highly recommended!
—Brett Hensley, Veteran, Success Coach, President of Campfire Real Estate Group
As someone who is an empath and very aware of my PTSD and is on my own journey of healing/learning coping mechanisms, I felt connected with so many of the brave people who shared their experiences. I also enjoyed the book’s little treasure trail of inspirational quotes so much that I promised my friend who also suffers from PTSD that I would send her a copy of this book. So many people think that medication is the end all be all to mental health issues, and while that may help some, the resources in this book opened my eyes to a whole new enlightening world of holistic and spiritual healing that is not whacky but instead loving, centered and down to earth, and completely attainable.
—Amanda Rudd, Amanda Cupcake, Sugar Therapist
Wow. Just wow. For anyone who has dealt with anxiety, this book will help give you tools. As a survivor with PTSD, this is quite eye opening and enlightening. It’s relatable and reassuring to realize we are all human and acknowledging our minds can be as fragile as our bodies was profound for me. It’s encouraging that the experiences of others have been shared so openly confirming we aren’t crazy for feeling how we do. This book brought me to a place of ‘finally’ feeling there is hope!
—Jennifer Duquette, Internal Account Specialist
As a journalist with PTSD, my experiences resonate with the testimonies found in this book. It is real and relatable. Like so many with PTSD, I have my own experiences with trauma. As a journalist, covering tragedy after tragedy in my profession has left its impact on my life. This book gives you tools to help yourself heal from your trauma. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone.”
—Marcella Raymond, Journalist
The experiences, research, and learnings in this book give deep insight and direction for the grieving souls that have painful memories and are challenged by PTSD and mental illness. There is hope.
—Judy Green, CEO Emeritus Shareholder / Director Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Kim, I’m so proud of you. This book is absolutely your legacy to the entire world. You have literally put your heart and soul into this project. Reading the raw pain of grief that you have documented is gut-wrenching for me. It’s a pain that I am helpless to “kiss and make it better” for you. As your mother, I can’t protect you from this, and that breaks my heart. I know that in the messages I get from Taylor that he is at peace and is surrounding all of us with the light of his love. He is bursting with pride for you. I’m so very proud of you for digging deep into your inner strength and carrying this tremendous feat to fruition. I knew from the second you were born that you would become an exceptionally amazing human being. Congratulations on a job well done. I love you.
—Kimberly Resch’s mom, Dawn Carlson
I am quite sure this book can give comfort to many people out there who lost a loved one and are not able to cope with grief. I can recommend this book because this topic hits us all sooner or later.
—Gabi Ruggieri, Pax Svc Sup American Naval Air Base Sigonella, Founder Ohana Dream
This deserves 10 out of 5 stars. This is a must-read from grade school teachers to law enforcement leaders and everyone in between. It sheds much-needed light onto a dark topic that is easily brushed to the side. This message needs to be shared more than ever. You can feel the author’s passion and their love and dedication that was poured into this project.
—Jeff Veal, Host of Blast Talks Podcast: Putting Real Life Stories on Blast
About Kimberly Resch
Kimberly has lived a pretty interesting life so far, as some might say. Starting off as a creative at the age of 5, winning awards for artwork, then expanding that passion into selling original works of art for top dollar at the age of 16, she has channeled her creative flow into another work of art in film and has now added “author” to her list of accomplishments. As a Shaman in the British West Indies and British Overseas Territory, Kimberly was of service to those on a healing path.
Rooted in truth and self-awareness, her extensive education in EIQ (emotional intelligence quotient) has served her clients well in discovering the root causes of dis-ease in their body, mind, and spirit. Although her practical experience in corporate life provided for her family financially, she acknowledged that the “human” arts are the foundation of her passion. Building the world-class organization, Conscious Content, with her partner Brian Ross over the last several years has given herself and others a place for those who need a voice to be heard on issues that matter to humanity.
Her time as an “author” has been the most challenging and healing experience for Kimberly so far. The writing was easy, the recalling of sensitive experiences was not. After the significant loss of losing her 15-year-old son to a drowning phenomenon called “shallow water blackout” in March of 2020, it’s been necessary for Kimberly to find her voice to help others experiencing grief and trauma. There is a unique process of grieving and working through the experience of loss that is like a fingerprint for each person. The goal is to #liftthestigma and create a “light in the darkness” while uncovering grief and trauma in our lives. The book and complimentary film of the same name feature her best efforts with experts and survivors featured in this work to convey this important message. We must work through it and remember that “hope” is the most important ingredient along our journey.
About Brian Ross
Brian’s experience is rooted in business and the philosophy of servant leadership, which has been one of the most important aspects of his output to the world. Conscious Content was created in this space of gratitude and service with his partner Kimberly Resch. One of the more interesting facts about Brian’s leadership style is for him to lead by example and hold himself and everyone in his organization to the standard of “remarkable.” This required being present, listening more than talking, and feeling what the next, right move is for his organization.
Within this space, Conscious Content has manifested multiple awards for its feature films and short films in connection with Shaman Motion Pictures. These films have left an imprint of education and awareness to those who watch them. Now adding “author” to his long list of accomplishments, the book “Light in the Darkness: Uncovering Grief and Trauma” was a labor of love in every way. Created during the most unprecedented time in history for us, forging ahead with this message was imperative. It was necessary for this experience to be laid in the same foundation, as always, with one caveat of loss leading his journey this time.
Understanding that grief and trauma happen to nearly every person he connected with, there seemed to be a need for a positive experience while going through the healing process. “Light in the Darkness” was born and is a project that he is really proud of and excited to share with others. Everyone has experiences worth sharing, and in his newest life chapter as “author,” he took the deepest dive into himself and shared space with others willing to do the same. This resulted in showing us the “how”, the “why” and the “what” we may gain from knowledge and experience from others during our life journey.