Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe, M.A., LCMHC, CAGCS Intuitive Grief Counselor, Author & Educator
Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe, M.A., LCMHC, CAGCS Intuitive Grief Counselor, Author & Educator

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Shut down & disconnected, Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe has lived her life in silence in order to stay alive. Her grief is buried, and shame is the skin that wraps around her bones – but then, following the brutal murder of a local teacher, she is forced as a grief counselor to face her lifetime of unresolved sorrow. Will she be able to crack the hard edges of her heart and allow in the light of truth so real healing can occur?

Critical Acclaim

“Reading The First Signs of April is like sitting in front of a fire with an old friend: Briscoe starts telling her story and all of a sudden the sun is up and you feel as if you haven’t blinked once. This book will become that friend who stays with you for life.” — Melanie Braverman, author of East Justice and Red

The First Signs of April is an inspiring story of about life, death, and how connected we all remain―but only if we’re open to listening to the wisdom waiting for us. Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe shows us the power of friendship, and the ways we can heal by embracing all life has to offer.” — Linda Joy Myers, National Association of Memoir Writers president, and author of Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family Secrets and Silence

“By living and writing her truth, Briscoe shares her healing journey of loss and love. A compelling read that grabs your attention and will not let you leave.” — Priscilla A. Hutchins, Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate, retired

Reader Reactions

“I loved it for its stark honesty, insights and humble truth. I recommend it to my clients.”

— J. WD

“This book may have saved my, at the time, stepson’s life. I truly believe that! I read it during a time he was struggling and needed me to not ignore what he was going through. Now he is a healthy young adult who is not afraid to be his true self.”

— Alexis P.

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