I wrote my grief book for reasons different than many writers. Within two weeks of my husband Don Pendleton's death, I knew I had to write the journey through grief, believing it was my personal journey but a universal one that most people experience in their lives. Personally knowing Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross and Dr. David Viscott and their books and philosophy, along with mediumship and spirit guides, it became apparent to me that there is a void within grief literature. The majority of grief books deal with the religious or psychological aspects and avoid the spiritual (or paranormal) aspects that are often a common occurrence following a loved one's death. I wanted to write a book that met the needs of a spiritual journey and share my own experiences in that first year and into the second by writing my own "paranormal" experiences and many of others that I knew from prior research for our books. My book turned out to be very helpful for many as preparation for grief or the death of loved ones. Several psychotherapists loved the book, even sharing it with their patients. That is very rewarding and heart-warming for me as a writer. The most important thing is that the book lends credibility to the understanding that consciousness survives death of the physical body. It is also a beautiful love story--the story of the deep love bond shared by Don and me and how that bond of love has not been broken by the dimensional changes that have occurred with death. I stepped across the bridge that separates the physical and spiritual realms and discovered healing, joy, and purpose. A few years later, when my nephew, my mother, and sister, died, what I knew about grief and life after death, made those losses much easier.
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