As she undertakes this journey, she will be filmed by a documentary film crew. Jennifer’s message of gratitude and grieving with a purpose will be captured live as she stops along the journey to share her story with others, hear their inspirational stories of honoring a loved one’s memory and perform random acts of kindness. “Jenergy” as it is referred to by those who know her and hear her speak is contagious and she hopes to spread her message of hope along the west coast and then beyond.
To fund this project, Westby is looking to the kindness of others and has launched a “Kickstarter”
Sheryl Hill, Clear Cause Foundation Founder, endorses The Gratitude Tour. "When our beloved ones die - love for them amplifies. Actively, purposely, loving them through acts of kindness does more than soothe grief. It honors them with love that’s really real creating a better world, a greater good. Our loved ones cannot find us when we are shrouded in a fog of grief so thick light cannot penetrate. Life is short. You can do it! Love them up!"
To mark the touching of lives, the tour will be traveling with “The Gratitude Wall” and will collect signatures from those they meet along the way. Jennifer envisions collecting over 10,000 signatures along the journey. “This tour is more than a trip,” states Jennifer. “It is a journey to my destiny of helping others learn to move from grief to gratitude.”
After her mother’s death, Jennifer created “Mom’s 6 Days”, a non-profit association dedicated to committing random acts of kindness in her mother’s honor. As popularity of the kindness movement grew, Jennifer made the decision to write a book based on her choice to grieve with a purpose and LIVE with a purpose. The book, “Six Days of Kindness, Grieving with love and a purpose” is her personal story detailing her emotional transformation in dealing with the grief over the loss of her mother. “It is a journal-style memoir”, reflects Westby, “about grief and the bond between a mother and her family.”
As she travels, Jennifer will also be promoting and signing her book. It is during these stops that everyone will be able to sign the “Gratitude Wall” and honor someone they love.
Carole Brody Fleet, founder of Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc and best-selling author of “Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow”, and soon to be released "Happily EVEN After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond!) the Grief of Widowhood" also praises the upcoming tour. "While loss definitely shapes you, it does not have to define you,” states Carole.
Westby is optimist about the Kickstarter funding and thrilled with local support she is receiving. “Every day is a new day to share kindness,” she says. “Every day I am grateful for the lessons my mom taught me and know my purpose is to share them with others.”
For more information on The Gratitude Tour, visit the website http://www.thegratitudetour.weebly.com and view the documentary trailer.
To donate to The Gratitude Tour, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/