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International Grief Institute

Born and built on the power of collaboration and partnership, the duo designed IGI as a village of unity to promote help, healing and hope around the world. 


To bridge the gap between organizations serving the bereaved, to collaboratively improve strategic responses to crisis, to foster opportunities that promote learning and healing.


To bridge the gap between humanity and create a unified culture of help, healing and hope.

Co-founder &

Chief Operating Officer


Glen Lord is the founder of The Grief Toolbox and creator of the Walking Through Grief program. He holds bachelor degrees in marketing and operations management. Glen is past president of the national board of directors of The Compassionate Friends, and has served in various other roles with the organization over the years. He co-founded The Grief Toolbox to offer a community of grief resources around the world. It now contains thousands of articles and a marketplace of grief and memorial products. He is executive producer of the Walking Through Grief® series and a speaker and presenter on grief and loss. 

Lynda Cheldelin Fell

​​Vice President,  

Research & Development


Tanya Lord, Ph.D., holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Combining her expertise in quality improvement and a passion for including all healthcare stakeholders, Tanya works with organizations to strengthen patient engagement and provide national education on quality improvement as well as patient and employee safety. She is co-founder of The Grief Toolbox and Director of patient and family engagement at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in New Hampshire.

Co-founder &

Director of Curriculum Development


Lynda Cheldelin Fell is a global educator, curriculum developer, healing facilitator, and international bestselling author of over 30 books including the award-winning Grief Diaries book series. She produced Grief Diaries Radio and the National Grief & Hope Convention 2015. Lynda has interviewed hundreds of people  around the world about finding healing and hope including societal newsmakers such as Martin Luther King's daughter, Dr. Bernice King, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, O.J. Simpson's former sister-in-law Tanya Brown, and Pastor Todd Burpo of Heaven is For Real. Lynda is dedicated to creating groundbreaking projects that inspire change for future generations. She garners standing ovations for her inspirational speeches, has earned four literary awards in 2016, and is a nominee for five 2017 national advocacy awards for her work.

Glen Lord


Herb Knoll

Dr. Tanya Lord

Executive Vice President,

Corporate Services


Herb Knoll is a former bank executive who dedicated his life to serving as an advocate for widowers after losing his wife to cancer in 2008. He founded the Widowers Support Network and after 9 years of research authored the book The Widower's Journey which inspired the award-winning play "I'm Fine," by playwright Neal Radice.PBS affiliate WNED produced and aired the three-part series Today’s Executive, featuring Herb’s business insights based on his book, The Total Executive.