|Fran’s piece, “Growing through Grief,” is one of the articles in the just published book, “Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss,” edited by mother and daughter psychologists and grief gurus, Gloria Horsley and Heidi Horsley. Yes, folks, this is an actual book with covers and pages and printed words that you can order through Amazon or on the Open to Hope (www.opentohope.com) site. My piece is about the need to tell our story to an empathic listener, the self absorbing nature of grief, and how we can take the first steps toward moving forward when we begin to recognize how self absorbed we’ve become.|
If you’ve suffered loss, or know someone who’s suffering, this book is the perfect gift. And while the cynic in me still feels slightly embarrassed at all things purporting to be “inspirational,” I have to say that this is NOT chicken soup. By the way, the cynic in me doesn’t even shut up about my OWN memoir, “Grief in the Raw, How I Lost My Bellybutton, And Other Naked Survival Stories,” which I hope is inspirational, moving, AND funny. It’s the funny part in the book helps the cynic part in me mostly shut up.