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After the loss of her daughter, Dr. Meisenhelder created MBM Publishers for the sole purpose of helping others.  Written as helpful guides, the books of MBM Publishers strive to supply nurturing content for the heart and soul. 

Dr. Janice Bell Meisenhelder used her insight as a nurse, her experience with peer counseling of other bereaved mothers, and her knowledge of the research to compose a gentle guide with practical tips for healing: Surviving the Unthinkable: The Loss of a Child.  This book provides comforting help to all bereaved mothers in short, digestible bites in a chronological order according to need.

Dr. Meisenhelder published a reproduction of her daughter’s hand written prayers as a guide to those who wish to draw closer to God: Melissa’s Prayer Journal.  Melissa’s prayers illustrate the positive coping strategies confirmed by research as the most helpful way to stay strong through difficulty and feel joy in every day.


Dr. Janice Bell Meisenhelder

Dr. Meisenhelder holds a Doctor of Nursing Science from Boston University. Her clinical nursing practice was at Massachusetts General Hospital in medical-surgical, intensive care and oncology. She is currently a professor of nursing at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Meisenhelder has published thirty-six articles in professional and scholarly journals, including topics on coping as well as clinical guidelines for working with bereaved parents in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a recent invited speaker at the national conferences of Bereaved Parents USA, The Compassionate Friends, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

Honoring Your Child - 40th Annual Association For Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
Grief Attacks - Annual Conference for The Compassionate Friends
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