My name is Gisela Luján. I was born and raised in Venezuela. I received a BA in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In Venezuela, I trained as a Gestalt Family Therapist. I work as a consultant for bilingual schools. However, none of these accomplishments prepared me to deal with the most devastating experience in my life: the death of my 14 ½ years old daughter, Mariana in February, 1997. This experience led me to write my book, Searching for My Estrella Mailí, Rebuilding My Life After the Death of My Daughter .
Currently, I collaborate with organizations that offer support to bereaved parents, and write articles on grief for the Bereavement magazine (www.bereavementmag.com)
Grief is a journey walked in solitude. Although, each one of us deals
with our losses in a unique way, I believe the support we receive from
other bereaved parents, is an important part of our readjustment process.
this site, I want parents and other bereaved persons, to find support,
comfort and solace. To feel they are not alone. To accomplish this goal,
my husband and I are starting the Estrella Mailí
Foundation, to offer support to Spanish speaking bereaved parents,
here in the US and in Latin America. Proceeds from the book will go to
Mariana was an important part of our lives, and we want people to remember
and cherish the memories they have of her. I invite you to visit Mariana's
site. A Web page created to honor our beloved daughter. I hope you
get to know Mariana better.