Krista Smith-Larson lost her 48 year old husband in June of 2012 from a horrible rare blood disease called Amyloidosis. It was very unexpected and went quickly. Jon was the love of her life and they celebrated a blended family with 4 children, all young adults when he went home to heaven. After being married 13 years they had just entered the “empty nest” stage and loving life. They owned and ran a family manufacturing business and were in charge of the marriage ministry at their local church. They also started a ministry together called Sonset Point Ministres that served both single parent families and blended families so their lives were very intertwined. After Jon’s death she suddenly found herself alone and devastated. She grieved fully and continues to live in honor of the wonderful man that he was and find ways to live out his legacy.
Krista lives in Monticello, MN and her passion is to connect with other widows who find themselves experiencing the same losses that she has felt over her grieving process. She also understands compound grief as she lost her very best friend a year after her husband. She believes grief is very real, it is very painful but it is survivable and that she is living proof of that.
Their children are all married now and have blessed Krista with 4 beautiful grandchildren. After 4 years of being a widow, Krista remarried and worked through yet another adjustment. Krista and her now husband, Loren, believe they have been blessed and look forward to continuing on this journey together. She says, “Life is different now and not the way I wanted it, but life can still be beautiful if we let it”.