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Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide Paperback – June 30, 2016
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"CRITICALLY IMPORTANT . . . I want to say to Lynda that what you are doing is so critically important." -DR. BERNICE A. KING, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King "INSPIRATIONAL . . .
Grief Diaries is the result of heartfelt testimonials from a dedicated and loving group of people. By sharing their stories, the reader will find inspiration and a renewed sense of comfort as they move through their own journey." -CANDACE LIGHTNER, Founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving "DEEPLY INTIMATE . . .
Grief Diaries is a deeply intimate, authentic collection of narratives that speak to the powerful, often ambiguous, and wide spectrum of emotions that arise from loss. I so appreciate the vulnerability and truth embedded in these stories, which honor and bear witness to the many forms of bereavement that arise in the aftermath of death." -DR. ERICA GOLDBLATT HYATT, Chair of Psychology, Bryn Athyn College "MOVING . . .
We learn from stories throughout life. In Grief Diaries, the stories are not only moving but often provide a rich background for any mourner to find a gem of insight that can be used in coping with loss. Reread each story with pen in hand and you will find many that are just right for you." -DR. LOUIS LAGRAND, Author of Healing Grief, Finding Peace "VITAL . . .
Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Pregnancy gives voice to the thousands of women who face this painful journey every day. Often alone in their time of need, these stories will play a vital role in surrounding each reader with warmth and comfort as they seek understanding and healing in the aftermath of their own loss." -JENNIFER CLARKE, obstetrical R.N., Perinatal Bereavement Committee at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, founder of Baby Jasmine's Angel Nursery and advocate of CuddleCots "A FORCE . . .
The writers of this project, the Grief Diaries anthology series, are a force to be reckoned with. I'm betting we will be agents of great change." -MARY LEE ROBINSON, Author and Founder of Set an Extra Plate initiative "HEALING . . .
Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss of a Pregnancy gives voice to a grief so private, most women bear it alone. These diaries of pregnancy loss can heal hearts and begin to build community and acceptance to speak the unspeakable, to acknowledge each pregnancy loss and the child that would have been. Share this book with your sisters, mothers, grandmothers and friends who have faced the grief of pregnancy loss. Pour a cup of tea together and know that you are no longer alone." -DIANNA VIAGIANOS ARMENTROUT, Poetry Therapist & Author of Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death "STUNNING . . .
Grief Diaries treats the reader to a rare combination of candor and fragility through the eyes of the bereaved. Delving into the deepest recesses of the heartbroken, the reader easily identifies with the diverse collection of stories and richly colored threads of profound love that create a stunning read full of comfort and hope." -DR. GLORIA HORSLEY, President, Open to Hope Foundation "WONDERFUL . . .
Grief Diaries is a wonderful computation of stories written by the best of experts, the bereaved themselves. Thank you for building awareness about a topic so near and dear to my heart." -DR. HEIDI HORSLEY, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University, Author, Co-Founder of Open to Hope Organization "HOPE AND HEALING . . .
You are a pioneer in this field and you are breaking the trail for others to find hope and healing." -KRISTI SMITH, Bestselling Author & International Speaker "GLOBAL . . .
One of The Five Facets of Healing mantras is together we can heal a world of hurt. This anthology series is testimony to the power we have as global neighbors to do just that." -ANNAH ELIZABETH, Founder of The Five Facets of Healing
About the Author
Considered a pioneer in the field of inspirational hope, Lynda Cheldelin Fell is CEO of AlyBlue Media, and creator of the award-winning book series Grief Diaries and Real Life Diaries. She has a passion for storytelling in all forms, and interviews people worldwide through radio, film, and books. Her repertoire of interviews includes Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter, Trayvon Martin’s mother, sisters of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, Pastor Todd Burpo of Heaven Is For Real, CNN commentators and other societal newsmakers on finding healing and hope in the aftermath of life’s harshest challenges. Learn more at www.LyndaFell.com.
Donna R. Gore has a Master’s degree in speech and language pathology. She is an accomplished advocate for all types of crime victim survivors, as well as persons with disabilities and LGBT. She has been employed as a State of Connecticut Human Services Advocate for over fifteen years. She is also an author and host of the weekly radio show, Shattered Lives Radio. Visit www.DonnaGore.com.
NICOLA BELISLE is originally from the south coast of England and moved to the U.S. in 1992. She and her family made their home in Kodiak, Alaska, where Nicola still lives. She owns her own business creating colorful, beautiful quilts and is the Kodiak group leader for the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
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Karen Beaudin, sister of Kathy Lynn Gloddy is a published author. Her first book A Child is Missing: a true story released in 2010 and the sequel, A Child is Missing: searching for justice, in 2016. Karen speaks to law enforcement officers and university criminal justice students about unsolved murders.
It is, first, well written and easy to read, with an intelligent question-and-answer format that clearly presents the victims' cases and commentaries. Second, the book is rich in substance; the accounts contained therein are equally candid, heartfelt, and thought-provoking, each being a saga unto themselves. Among other things, 'Grief Diaries' exposes the massive secondary damage that accompanies violent crime, in the form of the emotional and spiritual fallout suffered by the friends and family of the primary victims. Here, we are poignantly shown that, however subtle and indirect these after-effects might be, they are no less brutal for it, such that they can overshadow the original event, by inflicting lasting residual damage on countless people. The existence of this ripple effect is, I believe, very important for us as a people, as it is presently common in our culture to act without considering the full extent of the consequences of our actions.
What I found most valuable about 'Grief Diaries,' however, was the many life lessons woven throughout the text. There is so much to be learned from these stories of loss, from the incidents and their circumstances themselves, to practical tips and information on various subjects, to a comparative study of the victims' differing responses to the crimes. In this regard, the victims' psychologies and perceptions were especially interesting for me, as they contained a wealth of wisdom in themselves, such as their reactions and outlooks (which ranged from positive and adaptive to self-destructive and self-defeating), and, sometimes, their contradictions (for example, demands for compassion and consideration while simultaneously denying those things to their respective perpetrators, or so I read it as). It says much, I think, that a victim can potentially mimic the very people who hurt them in the first place (such irony: what if, when instigating their crimes, those perpetrators were themselves merely acting in reaction to their own victimization, vicious-cycle-style ...?). Pearls of wisdom, these, exclusive to no one.
All in all, this book raises many questions and concerns, and, in some small way, works to provide answers and solutions, in the form of the quiet lessons threaded throughout the victims' accounts. After all, a world where we better know ourselves and reality (rather than make-believe and psychological illusions), is a world where we'd be less likely to harm one another. In this way, books of this nature can work to prevent future tragedy, if only as a means of raising our collective awareness (and, perhaps, as a word of warning).
If I had to list a negative, it would be an uncommon number of typos in the text. This was minor, however, and failed at detracting from the book.
My thanks goes out to this book's authors, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.