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Stars in the Deepest Night - After the Death of a Child

Stars in the Deepest Night - After the Death of a Child is a collection of poetry written after my twenty-one year old daughter Lori died in a car accident in 1991.
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Catching the Light - Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child

Catching the Light - Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child is a collection of poetry and prose from the author of Stars in the Deepest Night. Now she takes us further along in her journey after the death of a child, sharing the renewed hope, joy and new life she has found in grief’s garden.
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Stars in the Deepest Night - After the Death of a Child

Stars in the Deepest Night – After the Death of a Child is a collection of poetry written by a bereaved mother after the death of her 21 year old daughter. Because the poems give words to the intense range of emotions experienced after the death of a child, they offer solace to bereaved parents and help their friends and families better understand what they are going through.

This is what the author says about Stars in the Deepest Night:

When my daughter died in 1991, my life changed irreversibly. From a family of four, we were now three. From a life full of all the exciting as well as humdrum aspects of living, all the color and purpose were washed away with the words, “Your daughter is dead.”

No one can hear those words without being ripped apart, devastated beyond belief. As my body and soul absorbed this mortal blow, my mind added numbness and disbelief into the mix in order to keep me from the complete understanding of what this loss meant to my life.

Alternating between excruciating pain and numbing nothingness, I began my journey through a world no longer understandable or meaningful to me. Searching, often hopelessly, to find ways to deal with all the feelings grief brings, out of the darkness came poems.

The poems in Stars in the Deepest Night are from my first eight years on that dark, painful and difficult road. Miraculously, as well as helping me understand and redefine myself, the poems in my little book began their own journey out into the world of bereaved parents to become a lifeline for them as well.

Nothing had prepared me for how much this would mean to me. For those who are now being forced to embark on this horrendous journey, or are stuck in a dark place along the road, I offer this book to you, with understanding and with hope.

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Catching the Light - Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child

Catching the Light – Coming Back to Life after the Death of a Child is a unique collection of poetry and prose in which the author takes us further along in her journey, sharing the renewed hope, joy and new life she has found in grief’s garden. Its powerful message will give solace to bereaved parents and the hope that they too may move through the darkness of grief to find light and joy once again in their lives, and bring their beloved children with them as they do.

This is what the author says about Catching the Light:

Since the publication of Stars in the Deepest Night, new poems have come to me when I’ve needed them. Just like the feelings they’ve described, they have often popped up when I least expected them. These poems may not be as raw, full of anger or as pain-filled as the earlier poems, but they have been just as important in helping me describe and understand my feelings.

In 2009, I realized that no one had written a book that described the full arc of a bereaved mother’s feelings from the earliest days after her child’s death, up to eighteen years after. So I pulled out the poems and articles I’d written along the way and realized I could put together that book.

As the project moved forward, I found gaps in what I wanted the book to say about my own particular journey. I began digging into my heart and soul and found new poems to give the widest possible picture of what my experiences had been.

I wanted to show that the death of a child causes bereaved parents to set out on a life-long journey. But with work and time, grief can soften and the memories become sources of light, rather than pain. That their lives can shine through once more, overcoming the darkness of their death. That no matter their age at their death, we can add to their legacy. And we can keep them on all the pages of our lives. My hope is that Catching the Light will give readers all that, and more.

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