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grief diaries: surviving loss by suicide

Suicide Book in Popular Grief Diaries Series Earns Second Literary Award

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SEATTLE – Oct. 4, 2016 – PRLog — AlyBlue Media announced today that “Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide” has won a second national literary award. The anthology is one title in the popular Grief Diaries book series created by Lynda Cheldelin Fell, an award-winning author and founder of the National Grief & Hope Coalition.

Named a Finalist by Book Excellence Awards hosted by Literary Excellence Inc., the silver medal award comes with a prize package worth $1,500. Entries are judged on the design and quality of writing.

Authored by Cheldelin Fell along with certified grief recovery specialist and reiki master Sharon Ehlers, the book features stories from 12 women whose lives have been impacted by the suicide of a loved one. The stories are shared to help others struggling with the same loss find comfort and healing, as well as help society gain greater understanding and insight.

“Every year we lose more than 42,000 loved ones to suicide just in the United States alone. Because the stigma surrounding such a death leads to underreporting, that number sadly is a low estimate,” said Cheldelin Fell. “It’s my hope that sharing these stories will bring greater awareness and help families and individuals who lose a loved one to suicide feel less alone in the aftermath.” A portion of proceeds from the sale of Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide is donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Grief Diaries series features true stories about real life journeys shared by people around the world. Since publishing the first eight titles in December 2015, more than 450 writers from across the globe have contributed, resulting in 16 titles in print in just nine months. According to AlyBlue Media, 14 additional titles are due by December and an additional 20 are slated to be published in 2017.

The series tackles a wide spectrum of topics including loss, alcoholism, addiction, mental illnesses, infertility, rape, eating disorders, bullying, and more. The series has earned acclaim from some of the world’s most notable experts including Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King; Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; and Carolyn Costin, founder of Monte Nido Treatment Centers. “The brave individuals who share their truth in this book do it for the benefit of all,” she said.

The Grief Diaries series is available in more than 40,000 retail outlets around the world. For more information about Grief Diaries, visit www.griefdiaries.com.

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Power of Love Radio Show (9/7/16)

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For a second time, I was very honored and privileged to have been invited by the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation (DDJF) to appear on their Power of Love Radio Show to talk about grief and loss. The Power of Love Radio Show, broadcast on LA Talk Radio, shines a light on loss and grief and how it impacts our lives. It provides hope, resources and a community so no one feels alone in their grief.

Listen to the 9/7/16 broadcast archive here.

The Grief Recovery Method

The Grief Recovery Method® is an action program to move beyond death, divorce and other losses.  It was founded almost 30 years ago by John James and Russell Friedman. Grief Reiki, LLC leverages material developed by The Grief Institute®, which provides training coast-to-coast, border-to-border in the United States and Canada with affiliates in Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Some the things we spoke on the show about included what you can say to someone who is grieving:

“I can’t imagine how heartbreaking this must be for you.” – Grief is about a broken heart. How do you even begin to understand how that feels for your friend? This statement indicates that you respect how sad and difficult their grief must be for them.

“I really don’t know what to say.” – Words can’t even describe the feelings associated with grief. Saying you “don’t know what to say” is one of the most honest answers you can give. This way your friend knows you are not trying to judge, analyze or fix them.

“I am so sorry for your loss.” – Sorry in this sense means to be sad or mournful. It reminds your friend that you are also sad for their loss. It’s another way of answering them honestly. 

“Can I give you a hug?” – Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, said “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Hugs reduce the amount of stress in our bodies. Grieving is one of the most stressful events in our lives. Offering a hug (or two) to your friend will be good for their emotional, physical and spiritual health.

“What happened?” – Grievers need and want tell their story. They want you to hear and understand to what they have to say about their loved one. Don’t avoid talking about them. The most loving thing you can do for your friend is to listen without judgement. Be a “heart with ears.”

Henri’s Personal Journey

The producer of the Power of Love Radio Show, Henri Hebert, talked about her own grief journey. She is currently going through the 7-week one-on-one Grief Recovery Method® educational program. She spoke about some of the things she had already learned in just two weeks of attending the class.  Things she now realizes had affected her over the last five years like moving, changing jobs, going through a romantic break-up and losing her best friend to brain cancer. Henri will be sharing more of her journey on future radio shows.

 

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Pet Loss eBook (Download)

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Losing your pet is painful.

Grief is normal and natural, but society has taught you that it is not acceptable to feel sad. Most people consider their pet a part of the family, so losing your pet can be traumatic.

Because we live in a “feel good” society, we are raised with misinformation about how to recover from pet loss.

If you’ve tried to feel better, but still feel heartbroken and alone, there is nothing wrong with you. It’s simply a matter of using the wrong tools.

This eBook gives you the right tools to start on the path to recovery from the devastating loss of your pet.

Download the book instantly which includes information on:

What is grief?

Why am I having such a hard time?

Common responses to losing your pet.

How to know if you are grieving the loss of your pet.

Grieving the loss of your pet is normal.

There are no stages of grief.

You are not alone.

Misinformation you were taught about grief.

Moving pet loss from the head to the heart.

Unhelpful comments people say.

Helpful ways to express your grief.

Will I ever feel better?

When can I get a new pet?

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