About Us

First Hour Grief Response, Inc. was founded with the desire to provide hope and guidance on what to do when someone you love passes unexpectedly. It was born out of our own experiences in facing the days, weeks and months that followed our loss. There were so many decisions we had to make, in a very short period of time, after our loved one passed. And then came the weeks where all we wanted to do was be awakened from the nightmare and feel normal again. And day-after-day we had to find a way to put one foot in front of the other and figure out how to navigate this thing called grief.

Please let us guide you through important issues like making funeral arrangements, writing an obituary, contacting a place of worship to hold the service or life celebration, making arrangements to meet with a cemetery or crematorium, and the list goes on. It’s truly overwhelming what we have to go through just days after our friend or loved one has passed. 

We have been through this and we are here to help you. 

After a few weeks, we recommend meeting with a grief counselor to talk about what you are feeling. Since grief is unique to the relationship that you had to the deceased, there is no roadmap for how to process what you are feeling inside. Meeting with someone who “gets” where you are can help provide perspective and coping skills. Recovering from grief does take some work. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s heavy and messy and the best thing you can do is face it head on and get help. Grief left unresolved can lead to a lot of potentially bad choices in the future.

Please use our Contact Us form to ask for more information about grief counseling options or call (502) 791-9938.

Our mission is to provide free guidance and compassionate support during what may be the most difficult days of your life. 

Our Founders

Karen has struggled with several deep losses in her life. Her parents both passed away from battles with cancer at the ages of 51 and 73.  Her husband took his own life at the age of 50. The experiences of losing both parents and a husband forced her to face the challenges and questions that grief sets into motion.

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Lisa Schardein is no stranger to grief. In 2006, her brother Philip, at the young age of 42 suffered a major heart attack and died leaving behind an 18 year old son, Adam, who was just graduating from high school. Her father passed away in 2013 at the age of 82 from cancer. And the most devastating loss of life imaginable came when her 19 year old son, Ben, was killed by a drunk driver in June of 2011.

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Our Board

Lisa Schardein

Executive Director & Co-Founder, FHGR, Inc.

Karen Buchanan

Development Director & Co-Founder, FHGR, Inc.

Clay Foreman

Cremation Society of Kentucky

Diana Cahill

Executive Director of ALC Shelbyville

Mary Nan S. Mallory, MD, MBA

Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs Professor of Emergency Medicine School of Medicine, University of Louisville

Greg Braun

President, Maid in Louisville

Clark Spader

Sr. Director Accounting & Process Improvements Papa John’s International, Inc.

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