Erin Davis is the author of the book Mourning Has Broken:  Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy.  She is a former media figure in Toronto and in 2020 was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame.  Erin was the longtime host of 98.1 CHFI's morning show until her retirement in December 2016.

Erin was born in Edmonton, Alberta and, as a result of her father’s Air Force career, was raised everywhere, including Ottawa, Trenton and England. The Davis household was always filled with music and Erin’s introduction to show business came at an early age when she sang regularly with her grandfather’s orchestra.  Her love of performing led her to study Radio Broadcasting at Loyalist College in Belleville. By her second year, a typical day for Erin included attending classes in the morning, hosting a radio show on CIGL-FM in the afternoon and playing piano at a local restaurant in the evening. This routine helped prepare her for a lifetime of sleep deprivation.

In 2008, the first Erin Davis – Women in Media bursary was awarded to a student at Erin’s alma mater, Loyalist College. This annual award was established by Erin and her family, in part to recognize and assist promising media students.

Erin’s charitable works are numerous. She was a regular participant in the Easter Seals Telethon on CBC television and is also a staunch supporter of Markham Stouffville Hospital, for which she has hosted fundraising events for some 30 years. Erin has been saluted by the Empire Club, Variety Club and Toastmasters International for her public service work and received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club in recognition of her public service. 

On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow

Erin was on set in Jamaica when she received the news that her twenty-four-year-old daughter, Lauren—who had marked a joyous Mother’s Day just hours before—had failed to awaken to her baby’s cries. Thus began Erin’s journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating how to pick up and keep going after experiencing the worst loss a parent can endure. Struck with grief and unable to find the answer to why Lauren had died, Erin and her husband, Rob, started down the long road through loss, determined not only to survive but also to reclaim the joy in their lives.  Messages from listeners and strangers wrapped around them and they recognized that their hearts needed to heal.

Eighteen (18) months after the death of their daughter, Erin and her husband Rob Whitehead moved to Victoria, B.C.  December 2016 was her final broadcast and in the audience was a lady enjoying an evening out with her sisters.  She happened to be from Harper Collins Books and encouraged Erin to write a book and thus, Mourning Has Broken emerged from their grief.  Erin and her husband learned that all grief is different and there is no comparison from one person to another.  A person's grief is their grief.  Healing is not linear.  You can get through it, but not over it by talking about, seeking out therapy, asking for help.  The gift of grief is that is opens you up to other people's situations.  After a difficult journey, Erin and Rob chose gratitude and hope and recognized that grief is love with no place to go.  They embraced their son-in-law's new wife and their grandson's new mom and reminded themselves they could reclaim JOY.

Erin believe there's strength in vulnerability, in asking for help, in talking to people and listening and letting them share their pain with you,.  She came to believe that pain shared is divided and joy shared is multiplied."

At once heartbreaking and profound, Mourning Has Broken is the story of one family's determination to regain their optimism and hope for the future. In conversation with others who have made similar journeys, they discover that while their loss will never be diminished, they can find solace in the world around them and a way to cherish the memories of their daughter.

Inspiring and unflinching, Mourning Has Broken charts a way forward after life has dealt a crushing blow. It reminds us that we are not alone in grief, and that although life is unpredictable and unfair, we can survive and return to joy.  Olivia Newton-John describes the book as a gift of love to others who are seeking solace.