Meet the IGI Team

Meet the IGI Team

To strengthen community resilience through education, and provide the gold standard for quality and ethical practices in bereavement care.

Our vision is to build an innovative pipeline of hope through individual and community partnerships.

LYNDA CHELDELIN FELL, Founding partner

Lynda Cheldelin Fell founded the International Grief Institute, LLC with a vision to help strengthen community resilience following a crisis. Certified in critical incident stress management, Lynda is a bestselling author of over 35 books. She has conducted hundreds of interviews including societal figures such as Martin Luther King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, Heaven is For Real Pastor Todd Burpo, and others on finding healing and hope. She has earned 5 national literary awards and been nominated for 5 advocacy awards for her work. Learn more at


Linda Findlay has worked with grieving families for over 26 years. After losing her daughter in 1989, she started a resource and referral service for grieving families. Soon after she began providing personalized aftercare solutions for hundreds of funeral homes across the nation. Linda is now an aftercare specialist who has created, facilitated, and coordinated hundreds of workshops, services, and support groups. A Christian lay counselor, Linda’s highest honor is to enter people’s lives and help make a difference. 

Nancy Weil

NANCY WEIL, partner

Nancy Weil is a leading authority on the relationship between humor and grief, and is known for her energetic, entertaining and content-rich programs. Nancy is the founder of The Laugh Academy and serves are Director of Grief Support for Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL. She is also the Member Resource Director for the International Order of the Golden Rule. She has certifications as a Grief Management Specialist, Grief Services Provider, Funeral Celebrant and Laughter Leader. She is the author of the book If Stress Doesn’t Kill You, Your Family Might.

DEANA MARTIN, Program Director

With over 26 years as a pharmaceutical professional, Deana Martin’s innovative and critical thinking skills provided a solid foundation for her experience in corporate training, clinical research and international project management. After her only two children died in a car accident in 2011, Deana focused her passion on the bereavement field. Certified in peer grief support, Deana’s extensive background is augmented by her interest in psychology, organizational behavior, public speaking. She is now an ordained minister, author, and national grief educator.

HERB KNOLL, Corporate Advisor

When Herb Knoll lost his wife Michelle to pancreatic cancer in 2008, he resigned his position as a bank executive and dedicated his life to serving as an advocate for widowers and those who love them. In 2014, he founded the Widowers Support Network. As an advocate and instructor, his teachings are life altering and suited for both widowed men and women. After nine years of research, Herb released his breakout book, The Widower’s Journey in 2017. Playwright Neal Radice was so moved by Knoll’s work, he was inspired to write the new play, “I’m Fine” which was awarded the Emmanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play in 2017.