Hi, we’re Mel and Kris, a sister duo here to make life suck a little less.
From chronic illness to divorce to infertility, we know first-hand life can be messy, difficult and downright unfair. Grief comes in many forms, and it’s hard to know what to say or do for your loved ones when the downs seemingly outweigh the ups.
After tirelessly searching for empathy care packages and coming up short, we decided to take things into our own hands. We knew we wanted to go beyond the “everything happens for a reason” platitudes and confront life’s terrible situations head-on with meaningful gifts that not only sparked joy but also laughter.
So we created Good Grief to show up for one another with authenticity and vulnerability, to stick together through life’s most trying times and to remind people they do not have to suffer alone.
Title: Co-Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer
Superpower: Innate ability to start a million things and not finish a single one
Twist & Turn: Bad luck travels in threes right? For her 29th birthday, Melissa received a long awaited diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis after a hellish one and a half years of inexplicable pain. Four years later, she involuntarily boarded the infertility rollercoaster which, over the course of the next two years took her every which way, making a stop at miscarriage-ville in February 2017 before landing her with a beautiful bundle of joy in June of 2018. It’s been a long journey of grief and healing but hers has a silver lining – it’s connected her with a lot of amazing people along the way and it’s brought her here, to this place.
Bio: Melissa is a design professional with 10+ years of experience in specialty retail and wholesale. While the highlights of her career include overseeing the retail operations at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and designing jewelry for Sundance Catalog, they were merely stepping-stones on her way to realizing her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. When she’s not busy working, you can find her daydreaming about her next business idea, planning her next big vacation or obsessively Marie Kondo-ing an untouched area of her house. She currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her two favorite people – her husband and daughter.
Title: Co-Founder and Master of Getting Shit Done
Superpower: Innate ability to eat a whole tub of ice cream in one sitting
Twist & Turn: Despite what Disney says, not all love stories have happy endings, and when Kristin was 29 she and her husband decided to get divorced. Heartbroken, she embarked on a journey of rediscovering herself and learned a valuable life lesson: it's okay to want more out of life, and it's okay to walk away from something that no longer serves you.
Bio: Kristin is a PR major turned marketer who has spent the past decade developing and implementing successful marketing strategies and campaigns across an array of industries including beauty, retail and professional sports. Her hobbies include traveling and hiking, and if she can do both at the same time then it’s a win-win. She has recently obtained her British citizenship and is still working on perfecting her British accent. She lives in London with her partner and misses the Arizona sunshine.