Disclosure & Privacy

Welcome and thank you for taking time out of your productive day to read JoyReturns.

Blog Disclosure Policy

Welcome – JoyReturns was founded on January 6, 2011, and the first post was published on January 13, 2011, just before going to a seminar.

The title comes from Psalm 30:5 and from the wording on my GriefShare workbook at the time – From Mourning To Joy.

At this time, my blog does not generate an income. Most links are non-affiliate links. The affiliate ones are buried deep within the blog and are on posts that are at least 3 years old. Should you click on an old affiliate link, I will get a small portion of the sales – at no extra cost to you. That would be the only time JoyReturns generates an income.


The content is about my adventures after becoming a widow. The adventures consist of but are not solely limited to grief, joy, and building a new life.

 It is my hope that by sharing my stories, thoughts, and opinions widows find inspiration and encouragement to work through their grief and build a new life.

You will find God, Jesus and the Bible woven through out a lot of posts. My faith helped get me through the grief after Joe’s sudden passing.

Any paid advertising or product promotion will be clearly marked.

I promote products I believe in and have or are currently using. My opinions are my own and always honest. I will tell you if a company sent me a free product or paid me to talk about it.


I’m your grief cheerleader and not a licensed grief counselor, doctor, therapist, nutritionist, or fitness instructor. Therefore, I do not have all the answers to life’s problems.

I am your online mentor and support person, here to encourage and cheer you on through your grief journey. 

I know joy does return for a widow or any other grieving person, but you have to do the work. The work will vary depending upon:

  • which loved one moved to heaven
  • the circumstances of their passing
  • your relationship with them

I am not responsible for you choosing not to work through your grief journey.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to me and I am committed to protecting it. I ask for your email address when you comment on JoyReturns but I will never sell or share that information unless you are the winner of a giveaway. When you give your address after you have won a giveaway on JoyReturns, I will only send this information to the sponsor for prize shipment and no one else will have access to it. (There are no giveaways being offered at this time.)

You will also find links to third-party websites on this site. I am not responsible for their privacy policies so please check with the individual site’s own privacy policy should have a concern.

If you have any questions about the Privacy Policy, please contact me at Michele dot Kearns @ JoyReturns.com. (Spelled out to avoid spam, which I hate.)


Approximately 90% of the photos on JoyReturns were/are/will be taken by me, Michele Kearns. I currently use Ribbet to edit and add text to the photos. Other photos on this blog are from Unsplash (free photos) and other graphics are from Creative Market. I’ve had an account with Creative Market for years. Every Monday they send an email with 6 free downloads. There are also numerous other graphics you can purchase and the cost depends upon what you are purchasing. Both purchases and downloads contain the appropriate creative license.

Since I’ve gotten back to using my own photos, I am no longer using Unspash. However, they are a great resource if you need for stock photos.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.