MARTHA MERRITT TOUSLEY, RN, MS, FT, DCC
Licensure and Certifications
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Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC is a registered nurse with a master's degree in Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, currently licensed to practice in the state of Florida. She also holds multistate licensure, allowing her to practice nursing in those states included in the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
She has earned the
Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential, having met
the requirements set forth by the
Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) and having
satisfactorily completed the CCE-approved ReadyMinds Training
program. This credential sets the standard in the evolving
practice of distance counseling, which Marty does via her
Grief Healing Web sites and as moderator
online Grief Healing
Discussion Groups. As a certified Distance Credentialed
Counselor, Marty is entitled to used the initials "DCC" after
her name, signifying that she has proven expertise in the following areas:
She is a frequent contributor to healthcare journals,
newsletters and magazines for the lay public, and has written several articles
and book chapters in the professional nursing and medical
literature. Her online articles appear regularly on
her Grief Healing
Blog, and occasionally on the Open to Hope Foundation
and The Grief Toolbox
websites and in the
Holistic Expressions Newsletter. Her published works include
Children and Pet
Loss: A Guide for Helping (1996),
Final Farewell: Preparing for and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet
Funeral or Memorial Service to Your Children
Helping Another in Grief
(2007), and Finding Your Way
through Grief: A Guide for the First Year, Second Edition
(2008). She has authored
three online e-courses for
The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey,
A Different Grief: Coping with Pet Loss,
Helping You and Your Children with Pet Loss, along with a
number of Healing
E-books addressing various topics such as How to Write a
Eulogy, How to Write an Obituary, How to Write Heartfelt
Condolence Letters, and How to Write Sympathy Thank-You Notes.
Marty feels blessed to be the mother of two awesome, handsome sons and grandmother to two darling young gentlemen, two precious young ladies, two noisy birds, several flop-eared bunnies, several playful cats, a brave German shepherd, several cocker spaniels and two pit bulls. She and her husband Michael moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2014, where they hope to spend their retirement years. For 15 years they shared their home with Beringer, their beloved Tibetan terrier, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on August 22, 2011 and is still sorely missed. Read more of her personal story here: A Message from Marty Tousley.
In Finding A Place of Hope, Marty shares with Open to Hope's Dr. Heidi Horsley and The Compassionate Friends' Alan Pedersen how she became a grief counselor and how her Grief Healing website and online Grief Healing Discussion Groups came to be.
In an interview with Anila Venkat of ElderBranch, Marty shared her thoughts about loss, grief and bereavement: A Conversation with Marty Tousley, Grief Counselor.
Marty discussed coping with the loss of an animal companion with Peternity's Colleen Mihelich on her radio program, Finding Hope in Pet Loss.
Marty was presented with the 2007 John Suardini Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, in recognition of her 15 years of volunteer service to the Companion Animal Association of Arizona and its Pet Grief Support Service.
Marty was invited back to Nature's Translator with Tracy Ann, hosted by animal communicator and alternative healer Tracy Ann.
Marty discussed her role as a hospice bereavement counselor; grief and loss; men and grief; grieving the loss of a spouse and more in an interview by Take 5 Entertainment and News Guide: Local Bereavement Facilitator Talks about Her Work.
Marty was interviewed by Carolyn Carlson, LSW, host of the Minnesota-based Life after Loss radio program on Radio Station KTOE.
Thanks to the sincere and heartfelt interest of news anchor Mark Curtis, whose beloved Bouvier died of cancer in January 2007, the topic of pet loss was featured in an interview with Marty on Channel 12, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.
Marty was the featured guest on Nature's Translator with Tracy Ann, a weekly Contact Talk Radio program hosted by animal communicator and alternative healer Tracy Ann.