Suggested Readings

Suggested Reading List for Managing Grief

How To Survive The Loss of A Love

by Melba Colgrove, PhD.

Reading List for Self - Empowerment

Dr. Janine H. Burns is known to be well spoken, poised and heartfelt in her work.  Her compassion and gentleness make her memorial and funeral services comforting while putting all at ease.  Dr. Janine’s caring heart will support you at your most difficult time and her soothing manner will console and reassure you.  Her ceremonies will celebrate the life of the departed with dignity, honor and respect. Dr. Janine is an Interfaith Chaplain and Celebrant and a non-denominational Wedding Officiant who received her ordination in 1988.  She promotes the use of ceremonies to mark the milestones and transitions in the lives of individuals, families, and organizations. Over her years of service Dr. Janine realized there were many people who called themselves “spiritual, rather than religious,” who had nowhere to turn when they required spiritual services.  Because they didn’t belong to a particular house of worship or temple, they had difficulty obtaining any kind of spiritual services that would meet their particular need or support whether in times of crisis and transitions or on occasion of celebrating the milestones in their lives. Motivated to help these individuals, Dr. Janine returned to school and in 1997 received her Doctorate of Divinity degree from Emerson Theological Institute.  In 1999, she earned her Interfaith Ministry credential.  Then in 2001, she founded the Guiding Light Foundation and serves as their Director. In this capacity Dr. Janine presents personalized “Celebration of Life” memorial and funeral services.  She “loves to do weddings” and has performed marriage ceremonies for more than 900 couples on Long Island.  She is a certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner.  In addition, she is also a highly sought-after motivational speaker. Updated 20210324