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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
                                                                   — Ernest Hemingway

 

 
Meditations for the Bereaved  
 
 
Meditations for Bereaved Parents
 
Meditations for the Widowed
 
Meditations for the Terminally Ill and Their Families
 
Meditations for Alcoholics and Their Families  

 
   

 

The books in our series are all written by and for those who have suffered some serious loss or grief experience.

A description of each of our current books is listed in the section below. Click on the book title to see the book and read a sample of the help one can expect to find inside. We encourage you to read them, and if the message speaks to you, to purchase one or more, either for yourself or for someone you know.

 


 Meditations for the Bereaved

One writer’s husband had a solitary nickel in his wallet when he died of a heart attack, while another lost his wife and both parents in a year and a half. An Oklahoma man’s daughter was killed in the Murrah Federal Building bombing and a young woman’s gentle sister was murdered by someone she was trying to help. Still others watched parents and grandparents fade away over a period of many months. In all, 46 people contributed to Meditations for the Bereaved. While the relationships and circumstances vary substantially, each writer experienced the death of someone so special to them that they have struggled mightily to come to grips with their grief and the problems related to it.

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Meditations for Bereaved Parents

After my son died I searched for a meditation book that spoke to my grief. I didn't want, or need, dull platitudes and flowery phrases. What I wanted and desperately needed was an honest confrontation with the pain of bereavement, as well as help to move beyond it. I sought a book by parents who had lost a child because no one else knows exactly how we feel.

Meditations for Bereaved Parents was written to fill that need. Through these pages, 35 mothers and fathers share their anger and their anguish, but even more important, they share the insights that have enabled them to heal, to reinvest in living, to smile and to love again.

This isn't a book to devour in one sitting; it's too overwhelming for that. Rather it's a book to read a little at a time when you're hurting and need to know that others have survived this awful pain, and you can too.

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Meditations for the Widowed

No one knows exactly how the bereaved feel except those who have experienced the same loss. That is why this book for the widowed was written by 33 men and women whose spouses have died.

Through these pages these widowed people of all ages have shared their pain, their anger, their despair. But even more important, they have shared the discoveries and the insights that have enabled them to heal and build new lives for themselves.

Meditations for the Widowed isn't an easy book to read because it refuses to sugarcoat the pain of bereavement. Instead it takes a hard look at the loneliness of grief and all its manifestations for those who have lost a mate, and in the doing it offers help for turning hopelessness to hope. The message these widowed writers convey is that they have survived this shattering experience and the pain that accompanies it, and the reader can too.

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Meditations for the Terminally Ill and Their Families

Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, AIDS, Heart Disease, Cystic Fibrosis. . .

Whatever the medical problem involved, no one knows the loneliness, the fear, and the anxiety created by a terminal illness except the people who have received that diagnosis for themselves or a loved one.

At the same time, no one understands the peace that can come from confronting that diagnosis, nor can they grasp the courage for facing it, or the hope for dealing with it like those who have walked that lonely road. That is why the contributors to this book are either individuals who are terminally ill themselves or people who have a family member with that prognosis.

Whether death is imminent or a coming event, Meditations for the Terminally Ill and Their Families provides practical help and emotional support for turning those agonizing days into a special time for all concerned.

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Meditations for Alcoholics and Their Families

One out of every 10 people who drinks alcohol becomes an alcoholic . . . but this book isn't about statistics. It's about living with the problems alcoholism creates.

The real people who share their stories in this book are alcoholics and their spouses, their children, their parents. They do not mince words as they describe the backgrounds they have come from, the difficulties they have faced, the struggles they have won, the daily problems they've encountered. Nor do they preach. What they have done is open their hearts and reveal what has worked for them in the past, or is helping them now, in the hopes it will help you too.

Meditations for Alcoholics and Their Families will provide companionship for lonely alcoholics who need to know other people have overcome their addiction and gone on to lead happy, productive lives, while the alcoholic's loved ones will find assurance that they are not alone, that others have successfully dealt with the emotional side effects of this illness and they can too.

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