Dr. Tessie R. Simmons


Dr. Tessie R. Simmons doctoral work at Southern Methodist University focus is grief recovery.  Her 18  plus- years of grief care, both inside and outside the church, and theological education gives her theory and practice for the work of a Christian griefologist.  She is also a musicologist; she nurtures spiritual and emotional healing to grieving individuals, using music as a recovery tool.  Her book, “Death and Dying Encounter Spirituals,” is a work that challenges caregivers to embrace music as a tool of spiritual and emotional healing for the dying and their bereaved loved ones.