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Justine Froelker, a Keynote Mental Health Speaker, with others

Thank you for seeing us

About last night…

A space for those who often feel forgotten.

A space for those grieving.

A space to be angry.

A space to have hope.

A space to receive.

A space to heal.

To turn toward each other and toward God with it all.

Our first In Waiting & Healing: When Your Journey to Parenthood Isn’t As Expected was last night, and to say it was incredibly holy is an understatement.

Thank you, Hannah Nelson, for dreaming this up, for fighting for it, for all your hard work, and for trusting me to be a part of it.

Thank you, Angela Beise, for your courage, your wisdom, your friendship, and for shepherding us so well.

Thank you, Clay Brigance, for your story, your nerd superpowers, for all you do for this community, and for your friendship. It’s been an honor to walk alongside you and Marjorie, even just a little, through your journey.

The hours of planning, of rumbling through how best to serve, friendship, laughter, and true holy presence with you four have been an honor. Thank you. I can’t wait to see what God has for us next.

Thank you to everyone who came. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for reminding me that we must continue to speak. And that a story like mine, even in an ending that may not be the most favorite, is valid and oh so good. And most of all, really needs to be shared.

Finally, thank you to The Crossing for trusting us and allowing us to provide this much-needed and nearly always unrecognized community of reproductive trauma a resource to know they aren’t alone, we see them, and God is with them. Thank you for seeing us.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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