About Richard

Hi, my name is Richard John Allen. My author's name is John Allen, which is my father's name. I lost my father to cancer on November 23rd, 2020. It was that devastating loss in my life that placed me on this path of becoming a bestselling author on Amazon, writing about grief.

I am a British-born, North Carolina-based author who left a corporate job after losing my father to cancer and started writing about grief to help others.

In my first book, “Keep Calm and Cope with Grief,” I write about my loss and how my family and I handled the funeral, writing the obituary and eulogy, wills, finances, and finding signs from my father. A reviewer recently wrote on Amazon about the book: “Such a well-written book that perfectly helped bridge the gap from grieving.... too much, much easier coping. Highly recommend this book when you are grieving a loss!”

In my second book, “Life After This,” I talk about past civilizations and how they coped with grief and contacted their deceased loved ones. I also write about different religions and the differences in their beliefs about life after death. I share how readers suffering from loss can contact loved ones.

My third book, “Nature’s Reach,” is about how nature can help individuals cope with grief and its many layers. God has given us all we need right here and what lies around us can help with coping with grief.

My books share a new approach how to cope with grief. Within all three books, I not only share my own journey and experiences but also details from my research and interviews with other people, including those I have had with people who have experienced near-death experiences.

I have recently completed writing my fourth book, a children’s book on how to cope with grief and that should be released in the early summer of 2023.

Ok, let's start at the beginning, here is a little more about me.....

I was born and raised in Liverpool, a working-class city in England in the United Kingdom. When I was growing up, money was sparse in Liverpool, but it didn't seem to affect the citizens or my family. What they lacked in wealth was made up for with an abundance of kindness, an enormous sense of humor, and the selfless willingness to help others. Something that has never changed, and I doubt it ever will, is that the citizens of my childhood hometown are very witty with a hint of sarcasm. Trust me, that is not their intention. Everyone loves to make fun of each other and they know not to take anything too seriously—unless it’s about football (soccer).

Having lived a life with so much kindness and humor makes it all the more difficult when you have to deal with losing a loved one. The one staying behind is filled with so many emotions, including guilt, remorse, anger, and heartache. No two people will express or have the same emotions.

I have been fortunate enough to work for some of the world's largest corporations and have met a great many wonderful people giving me some amazing memories. But having recently lost my Father and Father In-law, I have decided to leave the corporate world and I'm now on a journey of writing books about losing a loved one.

I come from a religious family and hold strong religious beliefs but I'm also open-minded, and as strong as my faith is, I also lean upon logic, facts, and common sense. At the early age of 16, I had a longing to become a priest but it never came to pass. My parents were shocked at the time but my life went in a different direction.

Mother, Father, Brother, or Sister, even your family pet, no matter who they are, the loss of a loved one leaves us with pain and grief that can never truly be explained. Our life has changed forever, and we now have a new normal, and it's one that we don't very much care for.

I believe that each and every one of us goes through life in a unique and special way. Whether we realize it or not, we are shown messages and signs, given skills and gifts, all of which can help us through the good times and bad. I hope to write and share with you not only my experiences but also share the research I have completed and the interviews I have conducted.

May your God go with you.

My mission

To dedicate my life to helping others overcome their struggles and find hope and healing. Provide support and guidance for anyone experiencing loss. Whether you're struggling with the death of a loved one, or other life changes, I want to help people find peace and healing. Through my books, podcasts, or one-on-one coaching, I want to help others navigate their unique challenges.

My vision

My writing style has captivated audiences, and my stories have received widespread acclaim. I am a #1 Amazon author in Grief and Loss, because of my unique perspective and masterful storytelling. I am honored to continue to entertain, inspire, and help readers around the world with their grief and their journey.