Richard grew up in Revere, MA, a small city outside of Boston. After graduating high school, he then dropped out of college after a couple of months. He went to work in an airline kitchen where he met his wife of 29 years, Barbara. One year later, Barbara gave birth to
Richie on November 17, 1987. Three years later, they were blessed with Matthew. Richard decided that he didn’t want to work a blue collar job for his entire life, so he enrolled in a computer technical training school at night for two years. After graduation, he went to work for a real estate investment company in their IT department. Soon after, he returned to college and spent another three years going to school at night, then graduating with honors. He went on to start his own successful IT consulting company which he has run for the last 17 years.
Richard has traveled the world, and these experiences have allowed him to immerse himself in diverse cultures from people worldwide. The people and friends that he met along this journey have educated him in lessons of life, love and peace. He has lived his life with great happiness, love, passion and gratitude.
However, he also encountered a lot of suffering along this journey: He lost his father at the age of 27, his grandfather at 37, and his son Richie at 47. Despite the heartbreak, he found a way to discover his true self and live a life worth living. He decided to write his first book about dealing with the loss of his son, and hopes it will help others who also suffer devastating losses.
His book will benefit his son Richie’s foundation. He is also in the process of finishing his certification as a health and wellness coach to provide people with guidance and support to help them overcome their health problems.
Warriors of Life helps people who have lost a child or loved one navigate the painful journey of grief. The book outlines a lot of the challenges that I encountered along my journey, and what helped me face the grief and move beyond it, eventually returning to happiness.
When you are faced with the loss of a child or loved one, your mind becomes your biggest enemy. I will show you how to face your adversary: Conquer it with the use of changing your state of mind and blocking the life forces that are determined to banish you to a prison of darkness.
Changing your mental state is simply choosing a couple of beautiful memories you have with your loved one.
Close your eyes and remember that moment, the smells, the sounds, the laughter and as much detail as possible. Transport yourself into this state when your mind wants to drag you into the dark abyss. Change your state by reliving the good memories that you have of them, and be grateful you have them to summon at a snap of a finger.
Losing a child is the most traumatic event that can occur in a parent’s life. It takes you to the worst place imaginable. Your present life is shattered, and your future is uncertain. I used several techniques that helped me turn this tragedy into one that unveiled my true-self which was stronger, courageous and an even more compassionate than I could ever have imagined being.
Another example of the power of this book is that during your traumatic journey of grief, you are abandoned by most of the people you thought would be there for you. One of the powerful solutions I used in my journey was to take an inventory of who was helping me with my grief and who was not. Then over time, I slowly separated myself from the people that were not contributing to the healing of my heart and soul. Surrounding yourself with the people who care is an essential component to finding your true self who wants to live a life filled with passion and love.
Finding the silver lining of a horrific tragedy does not come easy. It is a long road, but one you must embark on. Because your new responsibility in life is to make sure you live a life that your loved one would be proud of.
The battle of grief should never be fought alone. Warriors of Light will provide you with the battle plan you need to conquer your grief.
“Warriors of Life reminds its readers that while grieving the loss of a loved one, there is not a loss in love from those around them. Richard stresses on surrounding one’s self with those who can be there during this turbulent time in life and emphasizes on the realization that it is only when one is at his lowest that the people who truly matter are able to come through.”
—Wendy Vinyard, author of Powerful Habits to Grow Younger Every Day
“This book reminds its readers to live a life their loved ones will be proud of despite the hurt and pain. Richard calls on his readers to celebrate the life lived by those who do not survive in the battlefield of life and to power through by remembering the happiness these people have brought while living. Congratulations, Richard on this powerful and meaningful take on loss.”
—Stanley Beckett, author of Liftoff
“Richard loves to help you when you have lost a child or friend. Every loss has his advantages when we use our loss as a chance… and this book… is about that… Instead to be depressed be inspired through this book.”
—Rudi Zimmerer, author of Enjoy Your Life Now!