About Us

About Us


The mission of The Life Reentry Institute is to change the way we live life after loss, remove stigma from suffering, and transform the way the world views the grief process—from a place of fear and weakness, to an evolutionary journey.

Our program dispels the myth that grieving must be an eternal state and provides a system to teach those coping with loss how to redefine themselves and rediscover their joy.

We believe that all people have a built-in opportunity to return to their lives after loss with more love, joy, and connection than they ever experienced before. We call this process Life Reentry, and we teach that everyone’s brain is wired with the necessary mechanisms to assist them in completing their journey. We want to modernize grief therapy by making these cognitive methods accessible to everyone.

Our goal is to make The Life Reentry practitioner training available across social work and psychological academic curriculums by 2025.

We intend to make Life Reentry support groups available to universities, counseling centers, hospice bereavement centers, hospitals and in churches everywhere.

We envision a future in which the cultivation of human resilience will be a fundamental component of our national educational curriculum, and we hope our methods will be used in elementary, middle and high schools.

If you would like to be a part of our mission, are interested in learning more about how to start a Life Reentry support group in your organization or are interested in becoming certified as a Life Reentry practitioner, please contact us here.

Our Team


Christina Rasmussen


Christina Rasmussen is the creator and founder of The Life Reentry InstituteSecond Firsts and Star Letters. Christina is on a crusade to help millions of people rebuild, reclaim, and relaunch their lives using the power of their own minds. Christina’s work has been featured on ABC News, NPR, The White House Blog, and MariaShriver.com. She is the bestselling author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again, which has also been translated in Chinese and German and is currently working on her second book on expanding the mind in ways that allows co creation with the forces of the universe. She is also writing her first work of fiction: a science fiction story about a woman on a quest to start over and begin a new life.


Danielle Nelson

Manager of Happiness

Danielle is an avid paper lover, scrapbooker, movie watcher & voracious reader. She received a B.A. in English from Western State Colorado University and a B.A. in History from The Ohio State University. She has a strong background in legislative issues, program development, and team motivation in the public, non-profit and private sector fields.


Justin Wood

Technology Conductor

Justin Wood is an Artist and Technologist. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY). He is an internationally exhibited fine artist and a web, app and virtual reality developer focused on applying technology solutions that seamlessly bridge the gap between life and the digital world.


Wendy Cardinale

Office Manager

Wendy is a Sales and Training leader within the Luxury Retail, Event Planning and Hospitality industries. She is a skilled marketing and branding strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit. She studied marketing and political science while in college and has gone on to earn her certification as a Life Coach. She has participated in several classes with Christina Rasmussen that encompass Second Firsts, Coffee with Christina and Life Reentry.


Randy Evenden

Community Manager

After a 31-year career as a music and math teacher, Randy has continued to interact with and help people, as a computer technician. Additionally he enjoys traveling, working out, corresponding with friends, reading, and practicing piano. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan, with a B.A. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Performance. Randy has been a member of the online Life Starter community and coursework for over two years after losing his wife of 37 years and looks forward to “giving back” by working as a member of the team.


Christy Sanchez

Christy is passionate about building brand awareness through online marketing and social media strategies. Through running her own companies and working with various clients, she crafted her skill in the digital marketing world. She received her BA in Business from Kuyper College.