How Tragedy Led Me to a Job I Love: Personal Stories of Rising from the Ashes

Jenny Peters

At the moment tragedy strikes, it is impossible to foresee anything but pain in the future. Be it the sudden death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, the suddenness of a terrible accident, life's catastrophes can be overwhelming and debilitating.

But for some, those heartbreaks eventually become the unexpected catalyst for positive life change. Here are some personal stories of growth and renewal, of the rising from the ashes of tragedy to end up in an emotional place -- and, surprisingly, in a much-loved and unexpected career-- that ultimately brings true happiness from terrible grief.