I’m Kerri Lewis, founder of SecondActMastery.com. As a Certified Life Transition Coach my obsession is helping you recover from loss so you can move on to a joyous, purposeful new life you love (without guilt).
What makes me an expert on loss?
Because of my own sudden, unexpected and shattering loss. My husband died very suddenly without any warning whatsoever and when that happened, the life we shared and loved ended.
Debilitating grief and sorrow, and then eventually starting down the long road to recovery, changed me profoundly in nearly every way. Probably the most impactful and rewarding of those changes came when I began to recognize I could help others who are going through their own terrible loss and nightmare because of it.
For 25 years I coached small business owners and solopreneurs, so it really wasn’t a big leap to change my focus to coaching those going through a major life transition due to a loss.
Early one Saturday morning, my husband woke me and said he thought he might be having a heart attack. Without asking any questions, I raced to call for help.
Within minutes the ambulance pulled up and three paramedics swarmed our home.
It was clear my husband was struggling for breathe and the medics were trying to help him.
Standing behind him with my arm around his shoulder, completely helpless to do anything and knowing how terrified he was of doctors and hospitals, I leaned over and whispered in his ear that he would be okay and I would not leave his side.
A few minutes later, Bobby took his last breath. For the next 30 minutes, medics and doctors worked feverishly to resuscitate him, to no avail.
I was in shock. I heard the words… “I’m sorry. There is nothing more we can do.” but could not wrap my head around the fact that my beloved husband and best friend was gone.
From that terrible moment on everything was pretty much a blur.
Ours was a marriage filled with love, laughter and friendship. How could the unthinkable happen? How could this seemly health, beautiful man just die?
As of this writing, my love has been gone two years.
As the days dragged by, I moved through them like a robot — simply going through the motions, still unbelieving. The sun came out every day, but my world was gray and hopeless and it stayed that way for months and months — until the day I wanted to start living again.
A trusted friend suggested that coaching might help, as it helped her after she lost her partner, and that suggestion led to two women who work together as a coaching team. They proved to be a good match for me.
After beginning our work together, I noticed something miraculous was happening… I started to heal. And through that healing process, I discovered I wanted to help other widows as I was being helped.
And so, out of my intense grief and the healing that followed, Second Act Mastery Transition Coaching was born.
Now, I’m sharing my experiences and expertise with you. Now, I’m sharing my experiences and expertise with you.