Joanne Steen and Regina Asaro

military widows dealing with lossJoanne Steen, MS, NCC

Joanne is a recognized author, instructor and speaker on line-of-duty loss. With more than twenty years in the field, her professional audiences have totaled more than 10,000, including the Department of Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces and a host of corporate, non-profit and veterans-services organizations.

With Regina Asaro, Joanne co-authored Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), earning them the Distinguished Authors of the Year Award from the United States Naval Institute. For her contributions to the counseling field on military grief and loss, Joanne was named an Alumni Fellow by Old Dominion University honored Joanne as an Alumni Fellow for her contributions to the counseling field in the area of military loss.

Joanne is also the author of Military Parents: We Regret To Inform You (Forthcoming), another first- of-its-kind military grief book, written specifically for surviving parents of service members who have died on active duty.

Joanne holds a BS in engineering from Rutgers University and a MS in counseling from Old Dominion University. She was the widow of LT Ken Steen, USN, a naval aviator who was killed in the line of duty.

Joanne currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Tom, and a couple of rescued dogs and cats.

how to cope with husbands military deathRegina Asaro, MS, RN, CT, FCN

Regina Asaro is a psychiatric nurse, certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. When her late husband was active duty Coast Guard, they made ten career moves, including four outside of the United States.

Regina supplemented her nursing experience by volunteering with local crime victim assistance programs. The National Organization for Victim Assistance named her the “Volunteer of the Year” in 1986, for her work with them. After retiring to Virginia, Regina served as President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Regina has given over 150 workshops on life skills development, criminal victimization, grief and traumatic loss. She has taken advanced training in Community Crisis Response, War Trauma and Critical Incident Stress Management and participated on local, national and international crisis response teams in the wake of violence, air disasters and war.

In addition to “Military Widow: A Survival Guide,” co-authored with Joanne Steen, Regina has published more than a dozen articles in professional mental health journals and newsletters. Currently, she volunteers as a Parish Nurse and provides community bereavement education through the Bon Secours Center for Hope and Healing in Newport News, VA. Regina is also writing her first novel, exploring issues of loss and hope.