Dan Cano-Saenz, was left widowed when his husband Michael died of a brain tumor in September 2009. He began blogging about his daily grief journey shortly after, under the name of Dan in Real Time, which ran until January 2014, and later joined Soaring Sprits International’s Widows Voice blog, as one of seven weekly widowed individuals sharing their journey with weekly posts. Dan is the adoptive father of three now young adults, and the grandfather of his loved 7-year-old grandson, Kenyon. He earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University in 1989, and was employed as a protective social worker for San Francisco’s Human Service Agency for 21 years. During those years he was actively involved in the LGBTQ community, providing workshops for potential LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents. In late 2010 he relocated to San Diego, where he has been employed by the Superior Court of San Diego as a Family Court Counselor, assisting separating and divorcing parents in coming up with parenting plans for the children, and advising them on such issues such as blended families. In 2011 he met his now husband Abel, who has accompanied him to numerous widowed functions over the years.