Finding Meaning

Hello, and thank you for allowing me to spend a few moments with you. My name is Mark Miller. I am the new Executive Director for Lost & Found Grief Center. 

I am honored to join Lost & Found and its extraordinary staff of therapists and administrators in our mission to support those in our community who are hurting. 

People grieve for many reasons — perhaps most profoundly for the loss of a loved one. I feel this daily, as my family and I lost our beloved son and brother, Luke, in 2019. 

Luke, an accomplished college student and distance runner, was just 20 years old when he died due to complications from epilepsy.

Walking into our first therapy session at Lost & Found, my wife and I wondered how we would survive his loss. In the weeks and months that followed, thanks to Lost & Found, we found the solace we needed and wanted. Today, I can talk about Luke with a smile and try to live a life worthy of his memory. 

I came to this role at Lost & Found following a decade of work in marketing and communications at Ozarks Technical Community College. At OTC, I participated in all aspects of the college's public relations and marketing strategy. In addition to my time at OTC, I worked in higher education communications at Drury University and the University of Colorado.  

Before shifting into public relations, I had a 15-year television career as a news and sports anchor in Nebraska, Kentucky, and at local Springfield television station KOLR10.  

I will use my communications experience to raise Lost & Found's profile so that more people may experience grief therapy's healing power. Ultimately, we will all suffer a loss, and grief will impact our lives.  

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said: "To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in the suffering." 

Taking on the Executive Director role at Lost & Found Grief Center is finding meaning in the suffering — an opportunity for which I am deeply grateful. 

Best regards, 

Mark Miller
Executive Director