A Mother’s Thoughts on the Loss of a Child – A Guide to Good Grief
Author: Fiona McWilliams
Pubpsher: Book Guild Publishing
This candid guide to surviving in a society that still finds it difficult to discuss and deal with grief is essential reading for both the bereaved and everyone around them. Written in the days, months and years after her daughter died, the author talks first-hand about surviving the early days of despair and coping with a world that wouldn’t stop turning even when she wanted it to. Whether you have been bereaved, or want to understand and support a bereaved person, this self-help book suggests ways in which you can survive, or help others survive, the worst experience a person can endure. The author suggests how the bereaved can, and should, give themselves permission to grieve. A child carries their parent’s emotions, fears, joys and hopes for the future. Once a child is gone, that part of the parent is gone forever. The author explains with honesty and frankness how she faced that loss – the most unimaginable of losses.
What do we do when the unimaginable happens? How do we make sense of tragedy in the context of our faith and learn to live again? "This heart wrenchingly, honest and deeply stirring book should be read by everybody. ...It's the story of a journey that no parent wants to take and yet Dave conveys a deep sense of hope in the face of trauma that must be heard." Carl Beech, Deputy CEO, The Message Trust "As long as the unimaginable stays the unmentionable, then the question, 'What happens now?' will often be unanswerable. This book doesn't give easy answers or formulas to follow, but something much better: hope." Colin Piper, Executive Director World Evangelical Alliance Youth Commission This is the story of how a family faced the loss of their six-year old son, Ben. Thrust into an unwanted new reality, they sought to cope and make sense of their faith. Neither life, nor faith, could continue as it had before - presenting a daunting challenge. We get angry about suffering because we don't want it to happen. But it happens anyway and forces us to look at life and our relationship with God differently. This isn't a theological book or a "how to" guide written by people who have cracked the problem of grief. But the author and his family have learned things about suffering and found hope to share with those in similar situations. God is present to help us, especially in the midst of our pain and confusion, and we don't have to face suffering and grief alone. This book seeks to help us have honest conversations about suffering and what we do when we don't get the breakthrough we'd hoped for. About the author Dave Luck lives in Sheffield with his wife Louise and son Joe. They are an active part of St Thomas' Crookes where they lead a cluster of cell groups. Dave blogs for the Evangelical Alliance Threads website (https: //www.threadsuk.com)
Immaculée Ilibagiza believes that praying the rosary spared her from being slaughtered during the horrific 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which her family and more than a million other innocent men, women, and children were brutally murdered. Nearly two decades later, Immaculée continues to pray the rosary every day and marvels at how she is constantly renewed and richly rewarded by this glorious prayer. It has helped her in every possible way, from strengthening her faith to changing heartache into happiness and landing her a dream job . . . and that’s just for starters. She has witnessed—and been the recipient of—the rosary’s ability to create miracles so often that she vowed to share its blessings with as many people as she could. In these pages, Immaculée reveals how the rosary’s abundant benefits can be reaped by each and every one of us, regardless of our religious affiliations. In this moving and uplifting book, the New York Times best-selling author recounts her personal experience of discovering the power and the beauty of the ancient beads—and shows all of us how to enrich our own lives by exploring and embracing the mysteries, secrets, and promises of the prayer that indeed saved her life.
Through my connection and knowing Karla, her strength and heart in moving through her own tragedy of loss, which she shared with me in my book ‘We Are Their Heaven’, reveals her endless compassion that brings a perspective to grief that touches each of us in ways that leads us to awakening and hope. —Allison DuBois - Medium and Author Karla’s insight and efforts to integrate her understanding of grief into tools for emergency service workers at a time when everyone needs extraordinary help and understanding has proven to be invaluable. —Jim Sparr - Past President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Karla has a deep and visceral understanding of grief beyond any scholarly description. Her wisdom and ability to teach others about coping with grief is a gift to the world as we all struggle with loss in our lives. —Paulette C. Compton, RN, MSN, MC - Program Director Maricopa Nursing-Banner Boswell Mesa CC With a compassionate and empathic tone Karla Kay unveils how grief comes to us in ways we could never imagine. Presented in common language, Karla brings to the surface a fresh understanding to grief and a New Paradigm in the world of Loss. Grief - The Universal Emotion of Loss explores the journey we take through grief and the self discovery that lies hidden within us. From Karla’s own tragedy of the sudden death of her husband and daughter she was thrust into the depths of her own nightmare; and when the expert advice, prescriptions and therapy fell short she began to examine the feelings, thoughts and emotions of her own grief process. From her new awareness, Karla was inspired to share her vision for moving through the world of grief. For those in the depths of grief, those who have not faced their grief, and for those reaching out to loved ones or friends going through it, Grief - The Universal Emotion of Loss brings the hope and understanding that life after grief truly exists.
Release on 2016-10-06 | by Lin-Manuel Miranda,Jeremy McCarter
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda,Jeremy McCarter
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Performing Arts
From Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda comes a backstage pass to his groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims the origins of the United States for a diverse new generation. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages - "since before this was even a show," according to Miranda - traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became an international phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
Release on 2017-05-13 | by Joan E Markwell,Janie Fields,Patricia Hollingsworth,Suzie McDonald
What to Say and Do to Comfort a Bereaved Mother
Author: Joan E Markwell,Janie Fields,Patricia Hollingsworth,Suzie McDonald
Pubpsher: Dudley Court Press, LLC
Category: Family & Relationships
Ease the Pain of Losing a Child Softening the Grief is both a companion for grieving mothers so they know they are not alone and a resource for people who want to be caring but are afraid they will say the wrong thing. This book provides the right things to say and do. Learn what words will truly bring comfort rather than pain to a grieving mother. Understand the emotional challenges faced by a grieving mother, even months and years after the loss of her child. Appreciate the inability of a bereaved mother to forget her pain – ever. Learn how to support and comfort a bereaved mother with confidence. Know what to say and do without adding more pain. Four mothers who each lost a child want to educate friends and family of those who are grieving. In Softening the Grief they write about what to say and do to provide comfort and include a list of 25 things people often say that are intended to offer sympathy but more often are hurtful. The authors suggest better ways to communicate compassion and support. These women also write about the pain that never goes away and share their journeys through stories and poetry. A final word from the authors: If you felt it was a gift to know our child, then we ask you to continue to share that gift. Remember that we hurt every day. Your gifts of remembrance validate our feelings that our child was and continues to be loved, missed, and never forgotten. You can help to keep us strong so we are able to stand and reach out to the next unfortunate mother who experiences the pain of losing a child. It is never too late and the relationship was never too long ago to mention our child.
Sight Unseen reveals the cultural and biological realities of race, gender, and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind. Through ten case studies and dozens of interviews, Ellyn Kaschak taps directly into the phenomenology of race, gender, and sexual orientation among blind individuals, along with the everyday epistemology of vision. Kaschak's work reveals not only how the blind create systems of meaning out of cultural norms but also how cultural norms inform our conscious and unconscious interactions with others regardless of our physical ability to see.
A Memoir of Life and Love After Unimaginable Loss - as listed in Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019
Author: Jayson Greene
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Listed in Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019 'A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss' Cheryl Strayed 'Extraordinary . . . both heartbreaking and life-affirming . . . you will find your heart magically expanded' Mail on Sunday 'Greene's account of his loss is remarkably uplifting. It's hard-won proof that love can survive our worst fears and our darkest, most desperate emotions.' Daily Mail 'This minutely observed memoir will surely be helpful to people whose world changes in an instant . . . a hopeful book in many ways' The Times 'Wonderful writing, brave, unbearably sad' Adam Kay Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting chatting with her grandmother on a park bench in New York when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead and strikes her unconscious. As she is rushed to hospital in the hours before her death Once More We Stars leads us into the unimaginable. Her father Jayson and mother Stacy begin a painful journey that is as much about hope and healing as it is grief and loss. Even in the midst of his ordeal, Jayson recognises that there will be a life for him beyond it - if he can only continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems un-survivable. With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures the fragility of life and the absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love. This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation - and a book that will change the way you look at the world.
The second volume of The Pontiff and The Prophet trilogy (The City and The Wilderness) tells the story of Antonlonello (the Prophet), his escape through the northern wilderness of Norumbega, his capture, and death in the levels of Quebec. It also depicts the various aspects of life lived in the theocratic world Utopia of a far distant future. It portrays the outlawed prophetic movement called the Ekklessia, life in the slum city of Sordesium, and it tells the story of the second and third generations of Prophet followers. The novel concludes with the story of Victor Dutton and Olivia Preager in the great domed cities of Boston, Quebec, and Rome. Dutton is suspected of conspiracy in the death of the Prophet. An investigation follows that reaches into the highest levels of the Pontifi cal Utopia. A number of central characters populate this utopian trilogy - among the most important being the mysterious fi gure of Mecox. The story refl ects the internal struggles and early evolution of multiple Christianities, and the slow emergence of orthodoxy.
Have you ever wondered what a therapist really thinks? Have you ever wondered if a therapist truly cares about her patients? Have you tried to imagine the unimaginable, the loss of the person most dear to you? Is it true that `tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? ` Love and loss are a ubiquitous part of life, bringing the greatest joys and the greatest heartaches. In one way or another all relationships end. People leave, move on, die. Loss is an ever-present part of life. In Love and Loss, Linda B. Sherby illustrates that in order to grow and thrive, we must learn to mourn, to move beyond the person we have lost while taking that person with us in our minds. Love, unlike loss, is not inevitable but, she argues, no satisfying life can be lived without deeply meaningful relationships. The focus of Love and Loss is how patients' and therapists' independent experiences of love and loss, as well as the love and loss that they experience in the treatment room, intermingle and interact. There are always two people in the consulting room, both of whom are involved in their own respective lives, as well as the mutually responsive relationship that exists between them. Love and loss in the life of one of the parties affects the other, whether that affect takes place on a conscious or unconscious level. Love and Loss is unique in two respects.The first is its focus on the analyst's current life situation and how that necessarily affects both the patient and the treatment. The second is Sherby's willingness to share the personal memoir of her own loss which she has interwoven with extensive clinical material to clearly illustrate the effect the analyst's current life circumstance has on the treatment. Writing as both a psychoanalyst and a widow, Linda B. Sherby makes it possible for the reader to gain an inside view of the emotional experience of being an analyst, making this book of interest to a wide audience. Professionals from psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and bereavement specialists through students in all the mental health fields to the public in general, will resonate and learn from this heartfelt and straightforward book.