Susan holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Thanatologist--a death, dying, and bereavement specialist. Her recent book, GriefINK: Tattoo as the Language of Grief, is a narrative and pictorial book about the outward expression of tattoo as the inner process of grief that gives voice to loss, continuing bonds with the deceased, and comfort to the living. In addition to GriefINK, Susan is the best-selling author of psychological thriller, Out of Breath. [Read More...]


About Susan


Literature moves us into the shadows that we avoid. It is only when we step into the darkness that we emerge, renewed, and can receive the sunlight of the spirit.



GriefINK brings us together through peering into the heart; how we love deeply; how we grieve; how we heal; how someone remains with us long after death.

Out of Breath


Out of Breath explores parental grief, addiction, recovery, compassion fatigue, and suicide; it's the prodigal story of unearned grace.

GriefINK takes a profound look at body art as means of coping with grief. GriefINK opened my eyes to body art as a powerful means of carrying a loved one with us forever.
— Terri Giuliano Long

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