About the Authors

About the Authors

Robert Emile Lesoine, MA, Ed.

Robertis an educator, musician, writer, singer, and composer. His poetry, stories, and articles have been published in a number of alternative journals. He brings the strength and compassion developed through years of teaching music to inner-city children and teens to his support for survivors of suicide. Meditation and the study of Buddhism have been the ground of his daily life since 1990, and they lend a deep spiritual base to the healing process he offers in Unfinished Conversation.
His own experience of healing his grief through writing is the basis of this book and his support of other survivors. Robert’s website, www.unfinishedconversation.com, offers many resources for those healing from suicide and loss. He is the father of an adult son, Charlie, and lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Amy and their new dog Frisbee.

Marilynne Chöphel, MFT

Marilynneis a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has offered depth psychotherapy since 1990 and specializes in the treatment of trauma with mindfulness, somatic awareness, and compassionate presence. She is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for treatment of acute and developmental trauma, has assisted their trainings for several years, and is a volunteer therapist with The Coming Home Project for Veterans and Service Members. She brings to her work a strong foundation in mindfulness meditation and yoga, both of which she has taught for more than twenty-five years, as well as relationship workshops. The healing process of this book is inspired by her study of leading clinical treatments for trauma, as well as early experience working on a suicide crisis line, and as a therapist supporting individuals at the edge of life and death. Marilynne’s website, www.dharmaspirit.com offers resources and practical tools for those seeking healing through the challenges and losses in life. She is the mother of her adult sons, Brian and Kevin, two of her main teachers and companions on life’s journey. She lives close to nature in San Rafael, California.

Photo of Robert E. Lesoine ©Spencer Lowell; photo of Marilynne Chöphel ©Curtis Grindahl