Katie Zapfel is a marketing and communications professional, accomplished blogger, and children's book author. With an English teacher for a mother and a lover of literature as a father, Katie was literally born to write.After earning her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Katie went on to build a successful career in marketing for the last 20 years in fields including higher education and mental healthcare.Through her blogs, she has covered topics including parenting, humor, and grief, which won her a spot on the cast of the Milwaukee chapter of the Listen to Your Mother national storytelling show and features on various national blogs.Inspired by the unexpected early-in-life loss of her own mother, Katie's focus on grief support advocacy led her to receive formal training through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Dougy Center.Katie lives in Wisconsin with her husband John, three sons, Leo, Finn, and Noah, and their English cream golden retriever, Winter.
"Forever in Your Heart is powerfully poignant for people of any age who are grieving. Its rockingchair rhythm is soothing and reminds grievers that love and connection remain forever, even after death separates us. Forever in Your Heart is a beautiful keepsake that honors the legacy of a loved one and provides hope for brighter days ahead." -Deborah Monasterio, M.Ed. Bereavement Program Facilitator Grief Support Specialist "Forever in Your Heart speaks to the legacy of love. It gives us the words to tell our children that no matter what, our love will always be with them. Katie Zapfel's lyrical prose and Amara Venayas Rodriguez's whimsical illustrations create a safe place for the young and old to express their feelings. This book will help our children process loss and separation while reminding them of the eternal love that connects us all." -Natalie S. McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K Palliative care researcher and expert in family nursing "Katie Zapfel's debut picture book is a deeply satisfying read. Even as it tackles hard things like grief and sadness, it inspires children to seek comfort in the abundant natural world. Featuring Amara Venayas Rodriguez's delightful illustrations, Forever in Your Heart is a love song to the oceans, trees, and clouds that connect us to the people we've lost." -Laura Anne Bird Author, Crossing the Pressure Line "A child's grief at the loss of a loved one can be as profound and long-lasting as an adult's. This gentle little book will help them, or perhaps the child within any of us, to learn that our loved ones, despite their loss from our lives, can still be found, always, in our hearts." -Dale Bomberg, grandfather