Time: Monday, October 24, 7PM - 10PM
Toledo Children's Memorial
4501 Jackman (intersection of Jackman and Eleanor)
Toledo, Ohio 43612
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Alan and Denise Pedersen travel around the country offering free concerts to bereaved families. To learn more about them and their ministry, please go to angelsacrosstheusa.com

About Alan & Denise


Alan is an award winning songwriter, successful recording artist and nationally recognized speaker on grief and loss. In July of 2010, he was named the Professional of the Year by the Board of Directors of The Compassionate Friends, the largest organization in the world helping bereaved families.

As a former Nashville songwriter, stand-up comedian and network radio news reporter, Alan has over 30 years of experience writing, performing and producing all genres of media.

On August 15, 2001 Alan’s life was changed forever. Ashley Marie Pedersen, his oldest child and only daughter, died as a result of an automobile accident.

Alan has turned his journey through the valley of grief and the pain of loss into a collection of powerful and moving songs recorded on to 4 highly acclaimed CD’s.

His music is popular with bereaved people around the world and has been used at thousands of candle lighting services, balloon and butterfly releases and by hundreds of professionals and organizations as a healing tool for the bereaved.

His music has been played at Ground Zero in New York City, the memorial at Virginia Tech University, the memorial at Columbine High School and is featured on many memorial and tribute websites.

Alan has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at many prestigious conferences including: The World Gathering on Bereavement, The Compassionate Friends National Conference and The National Gathering of Bereaved Parents of the USA.

Alan has written many articles on grief that have been featured in national magazines, newsletters and other publications. He has been a recurring guest on Healing the Grieving Heart on the Health and Wellness Radio Network.

Stories about Alan’s music, message and travels have been featured on television and radio stations around the country, and have been the subject of countless newspaper articles.

His music and message have earned the highest respect from many of his peers who have shared the platform with him.


Darcie Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS… says:
”An evening with Alan Pedersen is an experience like none other. He will make you laugh, he may make you cry, he will surely give you some things to think about, but most of all you will be gently guided to that most sacred and healing place of sweet remembrance.”

Dr. Gloria Horsley Ph.D., President of Open to Hope Foundation, and Host of Healing the Grieving Heart Radio Program says:
“Alan’s music and message are a light in the darkness to those going through grief and loss. His message is one of hope, his humor puts you at ease, his music is powerful and helps us remember those we have loved who have died”.


Denise Pedersen became a bereaved mom in 2004 when her 21 year old son Sean Patrick Sullivan died in a single car accident near their Sacramento, California home.

She wasn't able to find the help and support that she was looking for, therefore she started on a journey to learn as much as she could about the grieving process. The following year she decided to take the knowledge she had gathered and offer help and support to others struggling to find hope in the midst of their grief so she founded the Sean Sullivan Project as a vehicle to provide support and friendship to families grieving the loss of a child.


In 2008 Denise became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute based in Sherman Oaks, CA (www.grief.net). It's not only her certification that qualifies Denise to help others, it's the fact that Denise had the courage to walk up to her grief, acknowledge it, learn from it and then share her knowledge with others.

Denise has reached out to hundreds of bereaved families in the greater Sacramento area through her work as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, grief facilitator, workshop presenter, speaker and community leader.


In 2009 Denise, along with her husband Alan, founded Grief and Beyond; a worldwide multi-media ministry. Together they offer comfort, education and inspiration through the production of music CD’s, educational DVD’s, print and online articles, as well as live concert events, speaking engagements and workshops.

Denise is a contributing author and consultant on grief and loss in the recently published book "A Loving Approach To Dementia Care" by Laura Wayman, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She appeared in the documentary Grief To Glory: The Linda Berry Story, (2011 Global Science Productions)

Currently Denise is traveling with Alan as part of the Angels Across the USA tour presenting concerts, events and workshops for grief organizations across the United States.























































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