Weathering The Grief Storm

learning to thrive within loss

Julie Kick never believed John would die. Told that his stage four metastatic melanoma was terminal, they trained their combined focus on beating the odds — on John becoming a medical miracle. Julie blogged about their experiences, planning to one day pen a happy ending. 

In Weathering the Grief Storm, Julie lays bare the unpredictable twists and turns of her husband’s cancer battle and its irrepressible impact on every aspect of their lives. From the devastating diagnosis, through debilitating treatments, and navigating one emergency after another, Julie recalls raw, very private moments with unreserved candor and vivid detail. 

John dies. But the story doesn’t end there. In the wake of unspeakable loss, Julie begins a profound journey toward rebirth, prompting her to reflect upon the coping mechanisms that gave her strength, grounded her in the present, and granted her permission to be vulnerable. THRIVE was Julie’s lifeline throughout her years-long process of caring for John, losing him, and relearning acts of “inescapable singleness,” and she knew it was a method worth sharing.

Weathering the Grief Storm is a love story, coupled with an empowering survival tool for anyone enduring the unimaginable — and wanting their own happy ending. 

The Reviews are in

Readers say…

“Beautifully written and easy-to-read, Weathering the Grief Storm draws you in. As the story unfolds, you feel as if you are having a conversation with a friend, hearing moments so touching they give you chills. You soon realize that the lessons Julie learned are not just good advice for moving through grief, they are valuable nuggets for anyone who wants to live a more aware, centered, happy life, and THRIVE.”
Dana Wilde

Bestselling Author of Train Your Brain, and Creator of The Celebrity Formula

Julie gives us the gift of vividly living her experience right alongside her, combined with the perspective she has gained with time. The THRIVE process can be applied not only to times of loss, but anytime we feel adrift. If you’re looking for an anchor in your own grief storm, this book can help. Or if you’re supporting a friend through grief, this book will provide valuable insight. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Julie!
Louisa Joy Dykstra

author of Hugh Jackman and the Joy Revolution

As a recent widow, I had a hard time finding anything to read on grief and loss that resonated with my optimistic personality and the fact that, although I had NO idea HOW to grieve in the early days, I also didn’t want other people’s timelines and perceived “norms” to dictate how I went about my healing. I wanted to heal with intention and take on the storm sooner rather than later. 

I feel like ANYONE suffering the loss of a loved one could find the common thread that I found here. This story claims only to be one woman’s experience and therefore leaves us all free to enjoy it, feel alongside her, and find the commonalities for ourselves. I never felt alone while I was reading it. I am finally in good company. The author validated many things for me – things I have never heard anyone else say or “admit” about moving on, including following her own set of rules and living life on her own terms. That part is what I believe to be SO LACKING in the world when it comes to content on grief and loss. So, I am just thrilled to know that this book will be on the shelf for those of us who are committed to living our best lives, regardless of the risk and uncertainties that have affected us and surely will again, in some way.
tara Wild

Blogger at

Julie Kick went through the unimaginable as her beloved husband succumbed to a fast-moving and brutal cancer. Her story of grief, resilience, and ultimately joy is one that can be read and savored by anyone, but will be of particular interest to those who have dealt with an untimely loss in their lives. Julie’s strategies of working through the grieving process are relatable and simple to follow, but offer a solid pathway to brighter times. There is no doubt in my mind that this book will ease the grief of anyone who needs it now, as well as plant seeds to be remembered later when we lose someone we love.
Julie O’Connell

Writer & Blogger

about the author

julie kick

Julie Kick is an ICF Accredited life and business coach, trainer, and keynote speaker. Known as “the Systems Specialist,” she can break down just about any concept or big picture problem into doable steps. Her training topics include personal development, coaching and mentoring skills, leadership skills, and using the THRIVE process during life after loss. She has been writing her entire life but this is her first book.

In February of 2016 Julie’s husband and soulmate lost his battle with cancer. His death and working through the grieving process has taught her the value of each moment and inspired her to share her experience and the lessons she’s learned with her audiences and in this book.

Julie lives with her husband Mark in Vancouver, Washington. She has two grown boys, three grown step-children, and two grandchildren.

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The book is available in Kindle, paperback, and Hardcover.

I’d be EXTREMELY grateful if, once you read the book, you would leave a review. Reviews are the most important factor in how many new readers the book is able to reach, and each one makes a real difference. I wrote this book to inspire others to thrive within loss and to #livelikeJohnny, remembering always what an incredible gift every day is. Your review could help get the book into the hands of someone who truly needs its ideas and guidance.

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