Alan Pedersen has been performing for more than 25 years. An accomplished singer and award winning songwriter, he spent several years writing and recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Alan has had several songs recorded by other artists. In August of 2001 Alan's life took a tragic turn, his 18-year-old and only daughter Ashley was killed in an automobile accident. This tragedy would take his life in a direction he never imagined. Struggling for months to find answers and trying to cope with tremendous pain and anger, Alan began attending monthly meetings of The Compassionate Friends, a support organization for families who have had a child die. Alan credits The Compassionate Friends for saving his life and inspiring him to honor his Ashley's life by helping others. In 2003 Alan released a CD of songs he had written about his walk through the valley of grief, titled Ashley's Songbook. In 2006 he released a follow up CD titled 'A Little Farther Down The Road.' Alan now helps others by sharing his story of faith and hope. His message is simple; grief and loss offer the opportunity for ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. He believes that healing begins when we once again give of ourselves by helping others. Alan has been a featured speaker and performed his music at more than 900 events throughout the United States and Canada in the past 10 years for grief organizations, churches, and other civic events. In December of 2013, Alan began serving as The Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends.