This book of poetry is from my heart. These words came out of a place so deep within me that it sustained my life when I wanted to die too as I watched my son's life slip away. The story of this dying process comes from my perspective. It's the best I can give you. My son, Thomas, had to endure the pain and suffering of cancer and an amputation that could never heal plus the fear and dread of leaving a wife and young child, which is a sorrow I cannot even imagine for such a tender loving man and devoted father. The story poured out of my heart through my fingertips and onto the page as the great river of grief flowed through me. Allowing it, so I later learned, is what awakened in me the ancient force I was longing to reconnect to, but had forgotten how... my soul. I wrote these poems for myself, it was how I survived the grief of my son's death. Now I want to share my son's story, his love, my love, the love that runs through us and is us. May the thread of connectedness be revealed so that in hearing our story, you may take courage when the time comes and really give yourself permission to be present and truly show up!!! In the end the only thing that really matters is love. Through poetry I have woven a web of connectedness, a bridge into the shared heart of a mother and her dying son. The way is lighted for you, but your experience will be your own. you will learn what there is for you to learn. There are no words to describe some things and poetry is such a beautiful way to give these "no words" expression. The deepest experience is awarded those who can read between the lines. I encourage you to read aloud those passages that bring tears to your eyes or a lump in your throat. You do me honor which I pass on to my son. These words came from a place so deep within that it sustained me when I wanted to die in sympathy as I watched the life force slip away from my son's wasting body. Through grief I encountered my soul ... and re-awakened to my soul journey.
Apostolos “Tolly” Kizilos and his wife, Betty Ahola Kizilos, were married for sixty years and Betty’s death was a blow the author couldn’t handle without extra help from above. Trips to the Soul shows the author’s way of coming out of his “dark night of the soul” by repenting, praying, committing to change and writing. The poems are arranged in four groups: “Love”, “Grief”, “Glimpses of Truth” and “Love Your Neighbor”. They reflect his faith experience of insightful moments as interpreted by a remarkable literary imagination. Tolly’s way of exploring the meaning of “Love Your Neighbor” is original and effective. Tolly’s memorable metaphors and vivid imagery sketch new ways to face the challenges of life and experience love and joy.
Renowned author and educator Alan Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this guide for caregivers. His new model for "companioning" the bereaved gives a viable alternative to the limitations of the medical establishment, encouraging counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a more compassionate philosophy. This approach argues that grief need no longer be defined, diagnosed, and treated as an illness but rather should be an acknowledgement of an event that forever changes a person's worldview. Through careful listening and observation, the caregiver learns to support mourners and help them help themselves heal.
This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace and understanding to those going through the grieving process.
Readers mourning the loss of a loved one will find solace and strength in these 101 emotional and inspiration stories from those who have gone through the grieving process. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will help readers during this difficult time. Everyone grieves in their own way. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. Contributors who have gone through the grieving and recovery process share their stories, offering guidance and support in this collection of personal and poignant stories. With its stories of regaining strength, appreciating life, coping, and faith, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery will ease the journey to healing.
An estimated eight percent of Americans are thought to be suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder at any given time. Many are victims of or witnesses to violence. Others have been neglected of abused. Some have experienced a traumatic accident or natural disaster. Still others have experienced the sudden and perhaps violent death of someone they love. No matter the cause, PTSD results in symptoms of acute stress, including anxiety, persistent thoughts or flashbacks, and a host of other physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual challenges. In this guide for counselors and caregivers, Dr. Alan Wolfelt reframes PTSD as a form of grief. Helping PTSD sufferers mourn their unacknowledged and “carried” grief over the traumatic events that caused their symptoms is the key to helping them heal. Rather than seeking to quickly treat away symptoms of PTSD, caregivers who follow Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” philosophy will instead see the natural and necessary PTSD symptoms as indications that the sufferer needs additional support and encouragement to express himself. This holistic new approach acknowledges clinical PTSD treatments as part of the solution while emphasizing that authentic mourning is the primary and most essential healer.
Joseph Perroni shares a personal and intimate look into his life-changing struggle from the depth of grief through his labored climb back to relevance and joyfulness. He bravely gives the public a front-row seat to witness how a widowers heart breaks and how it may be healed. With profound honesty, passion, and insight, he questions God, cold-hearted clinical treatments, and an apathetic death-denying culture. Finding the path to higher ground was made possible by the values and love instilled in him by his family and canine companions. The trek to higher ground is difficult but necessary when one assumes pride of ownership of his or her life. Joseph Perroni hopes his truth and life experiences help others find peace.
Are you struggling with the death of a loved one? Do you ask "Why me?" Does it feel like the pain will never go away? Do you have a million questions about death, dying and grieving? Then this e-book is for you! Here's why: Not only will you learn that death is not a punishment as we think it is, you'll also learn 1) why we're born and why we die 2) why grief is so hard and what steps you can take to heal your broken heart, 3) what happens when someone dies 4) why death is never the ultimate separation 5) how we can continue to communicate with those we've loved and lost, and much more. In the ten questions frequently asked by the grieving, you'll find that you're not alone. The answers will bring you to a place of peace as your perspective on death and life undergoes a dramatic transformation. You will never again look at death with fear and anxiety.