When missing Mom...
Out of the blue this past weekend, I started thinking about Mom more than usual and missing her wise and grounding presence in my life. I know this is normal. I have learned to welcome these times and actually sit with them.
In May, 2010, I lost my best pal when Mom died suddenly--thankfully, with no pain.
I turn to music often. It reaches deep into my heart, oftentimes reminding me of people, places and times in my life. This weekend I pulled out my Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash CDs. I was transported to my childhood, where many an evening was spent listening to country and western tunes...
The Man in Black was first crooned by Johnny in 1971. I was ten years old. Listening to this song, I am forever struck by the lyrics--truly timeless. Mom loved this and forty years later, it's my favorite as well.
Dolly Parton released this song in 1974, I Will Always Love You. I merely loved this tune as a child. As an adult, I understand its meaning and believe this is her best song ever.
I also reached for my Kindle copy of Vicki Warner's book called, Healing Steps: A Workbook for Dealing with Loss for a boost of inspiration and support. Vicki first published her workbook in 2013. I was honored when she asked me to write the foreword.
Personally, Vicki's book and her presence in my life have been gifts in my healing process with both Mom's death and my sister-in-law, who left us way too soon in the Spring of 2013. Since then, I've gifted several copies to loved ones experiencing their own losses.
Although Mom never knew Vicki, these women were cut from the same cloth. Vicki is aware of how much she reminds me of Mom. I can expect an email, even a phone call, if Vicki suspects I'm 'off' about something. Like Mom, she is eerily and always correct.
As Vicki has just revised her workbook in August, I thought it'd be a great time to raise awareness of this amazing resource.
This book provides ways of assisting you in gently taking care of yourself while feeling the pain and loneliness of grief. You will be reminded that there is no distinct course of action and time-frame for healing. You will realize that your changeable energy and emotions are understandable, even normal.
There is also a new companion Calendar- Journal to Vicki's workbook. It’s free, downloadable and available in the WarnerWords Books & Gifts Shoppe.
As the holidays approach, I can think of no better gift than support and hope, which this book provides, along with the reminder that you are never alone in your feelings.
Until next week, wishing you peace and love,
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