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Seventeen funeral directors and embalmers invite readers inside one of the most unusual jobs in the world and give honest answers to common questions. Confessing the bad with the good, the funny and the unusual, and revealing the true joys of their job as a funeral director, the collection of heartfelt stories reveals the importance of one of the oldest and most sacred caregiving professions in the world.
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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: Loss by Impaired Driving is the result of heartfelt testimonials from a dedicated and loving group of people. By sharing their stories, the reader will learn the true devastation that impaired driving causes, and perhaps 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 . . . Loss of a Parent is a deeply intimate, authentic collection of narratives that speak to the powerful, often ambiguous, and wide spectrum of emotions that arise from the loss of one's mother or father. 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 parental death." -DR. ERICA GOLDBLATT HYATT, Chair of Psychology, Bryn Athyn College
“MOVING . . . We learn from stories throughout life. In Grief Diaries: Loss of a Parent 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
“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 of Open to Hope Foundation
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
“WONDERFUL . . .Loss of a Sibling is a wonderful computation of stories written by the best of experts, bereaved siblings' themselves. Although this bond is one of life’s longest and most unique relationships, sibling loss is often minimized and unacknowledged. 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, Grief Expert, Author, and Co-Founder of Open to Hope Organization
“CAPTIVATING . . . Grieving for the Living is an inside look at the secret feelings we all experience as we navigate fragile relationships. The narrations are captivating, and will surely resonate deep within the hearts of those who face similar challenges." -DEANA L. MARTIN, Certified Grief Coach, Author, & Vice President of Cry for Me, No More
“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
“HEALING . . . Grief Diaries gives voice to a grief so private, most women bear it alone. These diaries can heal hearts and begin to build community and acceptance to speak the unspeakable. Share this book with your sisters, mothers, grandmothers and friends who have faced grief. Pour a cup of tea together and know that you are no longer alone.” -DIANNA VAGIANOS ARMENTROUT, Poetry Therapist & Author of Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death
“INCREDIBLE . . . Thank you so much for doing this project. it’s absolutely incredible!” -JULIE MJELVE, Founder, Grieving Together
“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
“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
“REWARDING . . . This experience has been very rewarding for me. Just being able to talk with others who have walked this road."
-MONICA MIRKES, Surviving Loss of a Child
“SUPPORTED . . .The project was very organized. The expectations were clear. The secret groups kept us all informed, and is where we all supported one another. I must say that I have been a part of very few things that were run this well! I have already signed up to be a part of one of the books in the next batch. And I look forward to being a part of that and any books that I qualify to be a part of in the future." -CHRISTINE BASTONE, Surviving Loss of a Sibling, Surviving Loss by Suicide, Surviving Loss of Health, Surviving Loss of a Pregnancy
Surviving Loss by Cancer offers inspiring real-life stories of grievers who take us on their own poignant journeys through losing a loved one to cancer. Beginning with the symptoms, to the moment of diagnosis, through to their loved one’s final breath and beyond, Surviving Loss by Cancer is filled with understanding and compassion, offer readers hope, strength, courage as they transition into life without their loved one.
2017 WEGO Health Advocacy Awards
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