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The Last Flower: A Story of Love, Life and Loss Paperback – October 10, 2006


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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425967272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425967277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,085,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title that best describes Robert "Poppy" Lampkin is compassionate advocate. Robert, a native of Houston, Texas, has more than 20 years of experience as an advocate and voice for the elderly, people with disabilities and troubled youth. While executive director of United Senior Advocates 2K, a (501c) non-profit organization that worked on behalf of those in long-term care, Robert raised the awareness of abuse and crimes against those who could not speak for themselves by recruiting volunteers for innovative projects and involving the corporate community and high school students. Robert "Poppy" Lampkin's work is not limited to the elderly, as he is equally passionate about the plight of troubled youth. Through Texas Youth Commission, Child Protective Services and numerous community and ecumenical organizations, Robert has worked with youth from all walks of life. His creation of support groups at local housing projects ultimately resulted in him producing two highly successful television shows "Straight Up" & "Life 101". The programs brought together youth from diverse communities to host and discuss issues relevant to their peers and the community. Robert's community service has not gone unnoticed as he has been recognized by Interfaith Ministries, Mental Health Association and the United States Jaycees as "One of The Outstanding Young Men of America". Robert is a licensed counselor (inactive) and state certified prevention educator. He attended University of Houston and is a graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Leadership Development Institute in Washington, D.C. Robert's dynamic style and passion for empowering others makes him a sought after professional speaker. He has made numerous presentations on behalf of state and national legislators, including Representatives Sheila Jackson-Lee, Kevin Brady and Al Green. Robert's latest endeavor is a 12 month project entitled Operation Overwhelm. Operation Overwhelm is a global community project designed to p

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Imagine beginning the first day of 1996 with proclamations of good will, thanks and praise for the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon you. Not only have you been blessed with a wonderful wife and two beautiful stepchildren, but you have also been blessed with the continued love and affection of your dear mother, sisters and other family members. Now imagine yourself on the first day of 1997; you are now divorced, prohibited from seeing your stepchildren, and have lost the love of your life, your mother. The picture that I have painted was a reality for Robert Lampkin. Just when he thought that he was on top of the world, Lampkin's life dramatically changed within a matter of months.

THE LAST FLOWER is about one man's journey in loss. Told in the form of a compilation of journal entries, THE LAST FLOWER is a heart-wrenching and candid depiction of what happens when one experiences loss, whether that loss is the loss of a loved one, job or material possessions. Flowers are the people in Lampkin's life that he loved and lost. In a span of eight years, Lampkin lost everyone in his immediate family, including his niece Lannie, his last flower.

Oftentimes, when one is faced with loss, the individual does not truly grieve and deal with the feelings which he or she may be experiencing. A façade is often displayed to others in an effort to keep one's head above water. Lampkin's journey in grief illustrates that such an approach can be devastating and destructive to the individual. It is only through facing grief head-on that one can truly learn to live with loss.

THE LAST FLOWER addresses many types of loss, but primarily the loss of a loved one.
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