Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One [NOOK Book]


This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace, and understanding to those going through the grieving process.
Individual people deal with grief in their own ways and within their own time, but the guidance and support they receive from others is what helps them through it. One of the key messages of Chicken Soup for the ...
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This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace, and understanding to those going through the grieving process.
Individual people deal with grief in their own ways and within their own time, but the guidance and support they receive from others is what helps them through it. One of the key messages of Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is that togetherness and sharing are the keys to moving on. In these stories people share their experiences with coping and they share deep memories. Each one has found that putting thoughts and feelings into words is not only cathartic, but allows them to reconnect with their loved one and others. Words of encouragement are plentiful in this edition and they go straight to the heart. Chapters encompass the complete grieving experience and include: Final Gifts, The Power of Support, Coping and Healing, Those We Will Miss, Special Moments, Insights and Lessons, and Living Again.
Readers will be comforted and inspired by the stories of regaining strength and hope, such as holding meaningful services, performing thoughtful deeds, and cherishing special memories.
Most important, just as the writers have come to appreciate life through the grieving process, readers will discover how to do the same. This soothing bowl of stories is the perfect gift to bring comfort, strength, and courage.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nourishment for the spirit is served with two new portions: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen's Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One provides solace and encouragement to those in need. The collected comments on loss and healing, grouped in such sections as "Final Gifts," "The Power of Support," "Coping and Healing" and "Insights and Lessons," offer comfort and hope. Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul: Inspirational Stories About Love and Romance, by Canfield, Hansen, Mark and Chrissy Donnelly and Barbara De Angelis celebrates love in its many forms. Contributions of anecdotes, cartoons, poems and stories in sections such as "Finding True Love," "Romantic Moments," "Memories of Love" and "The Flame Still Burns" offer insights to the enduring emotion that lights so many lives. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453279014
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 134,134
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. 


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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A Surprise Gift for Mother

On Christmas Day, all the joys of a close family relationship radiated throughout our parents' home. The smells of
roasted turkey, Southern-baked ham and homemade bread hung in the air. Tables and chairs were set up everywhere
to accommodate toddlers, teenagers, parents and grandparents. Every room was lavishly decorated. No family
member had ever missed Christmas Day with our mother and father.

Only this year, things were different. Our father had passed away November 26, and this was our first Christmas
without him. Mother was doing her best to be the gracious hostess, but I could tell this was especially hard for her. I
felt a catch in my throat, and again I wondered if I should give her my planned Christmas gift, or if it had become
inappropriate in my father's absence.

A few months earlier I had been putting the finishing touches on portraits I had painted of each of my parents. I'd
planned to give them as Christmas gifts. This would be a surprise for everyone, as I had not studied art or tried serious
painting. There had been an undeniable urge within that pushed me relentlessly to do this. The portraits did look like
them, but I was still unsure of my painting techniques.

While painting one day, I was surprised by a doorbell ring. Quickly putting all my painting materials out of sight,
I opened the door. To my astonishment, my father ambled in alone, never before having visited me without my
mother. Grinning, he said, "I've missed our early morning talks. You know, the ones we had before you decided to
leave me for another man!" Ihadn't been married long. Also, I was the only girl and the baby of the family.

Immediately I wanted to show him the paintings, but I was reluctant to ruin his Christmas surprise. Yet something
urged me to share this moment with him. After swearing him to secrecy, I insisted he keep his eyes closed until I had
the portraits set on easels. "Okay, Daddy. Now you can look!"

He appeared dazed but said nothing. Getting up, he walked closer to inspect them. Then he withdrew to eye them
at a distance. I tried to control my stomach flip flops. Finally, with a tear escaping down one cheek, he mumbled, "I
don't believe it. The eyes are so real that they follow you everywhereùand look how beautiful your mother is. Will
you let me have them framed?"

Thrilled with his response, I happily volunteered to drop them off the next day at the frame shop. Several weeks
passed. Then one night in November the phone rang, and a cold chill numbed my body. I picked up the receiver to
hear my husband, a doctor, say, "I'm in the emergency room. Your father has had a stroke. It's bad, but he is still

Daddy lingered in a coma for several days. I went to see him in the hospital the day before he died. I slipped my
hand in his and asked, "Do you know who I am, Daddy?"

He surprised everyone when he whispered, "You're my darling daughter." He died the next day, and it seemed all
joy was drained from the lives of my mother and me.

I finally remembered to call about the portrait framing and thanked God my father had gotten a chance to see the
pictures before he died. I was surprised when the shopkeeper told me my father had visited the shop, paid for the
framing and had them gift-wrapped. In all our grief, I had no longer planned to give the portraits to my mother.

Even though we had lost the patriarch of our family, everyone was assembled on Christmas Dayùmaking an
effort to be cheerful. As I looked into my mother's sad eyes and unsmiling face, I decided to give her Daddy's and my
gift. As she stripped the paper from the box, I saw her heart wasn't in it. There was a small card inside attached to the

After looking at the portraits and reading the card, her entire demeanor changed. She bounced out of her chair,
handed the card to me and commissioned my brothers to hang the paintings facing each other over the fireplace. She
stepped back and looked for a long while. With sparkling, tear-filled eyes and a wide smile, she quickly turned and
said, "I knew Daddy would be with us on Christmas Day!"

I glanced at the gift card scrawled in my father's handwriting. "MotherùOur daughter reminded me why I am so
blessed. I'll be looking at you alwaysùDaddy."

Sarah A. River

2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval
system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission
of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Final Gifts

A Timeless Gift Gloria Givens 2

A Rose for Mother Maria E. Sears 6

Mom's Last Laugh Robin Lee Shove 10

I'm Okay, Mom and Dad Lark Whittemore Ricklefs 13

Meant to Be Cindy Midgette 16

A Surprise Gift for Mother Sarah A Rivers 20

A Gift of Faith Kelly E. Kyburz 23

I'll Make You a Rainbow Linda Bremner 27

Seven White, Four Red, Two Blue Robert P. Curry 31

Joseph's Living Legacy Kathie Kroot as told to Heather Black 35

To Remember Me Robert N. Test 40

The Pencil Box Don's Sanford 42

2 The Power of Support

When No Words Seem Appropriate: Written by a Pediatric Nurse to Ann Landers 46

What You Can Do for a Grieving Friend Jo Coudert 48

Lot's Wife Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. 56

One So Young Diane C. Nicholson 59

Being There Debi L. Pettigrew 65

A New Strength Kara L. Dutchover 67

The Wisdom of a Child Kevin D. Catton 71

A Light in the Darkness Nina A. Henry 74

3 Coping and Healing

Sorrow Abraham Lincoln 78

Love and Water Emily Sue Harvey 79

Garrit Molly Bruce Jacobs 84

Ashley's Garden Candy Chand 92

Two Answers to One Prayer Allen Klein, MA, C.S.P 95

Laugh and Let Go Ted Menten 98

My Grief Is Like a River Cynthia G. Kelley 101

Legacy of Love Ed Sandra Kervin 102

Chris's Funeral Scott Michael Mastley 107

Grieving Time, a Time for Love Barbara Bergen 110

The Letter Jim Schneegold 111

A Firehouse Christmas Aaron Espy 115

Grief Helps Others Heather Black 120

Let the Body Grieve Itself Ken Druck 124

4 Those We Will Miss

Father's Day Ruth Hancock 130

The Nickel Story Hana Haatainen Caye 134

Bubba's Secret Life Natalie "Paige" Kelly-Lunceford 137

My Son, a Gentle Giant, Dies Michael Gartner 141

Going On Walker Meade 144

Opening Day in Heaven Mike Bergen 149

Never Good at Good-Bye Amanda Dodson 152

5 Special Moments

Trailing Clouds of Glory Paul D. Wood 156

The Beach Trip Dawn Holt 161

I Still Choose "Mom" Connie Sturm Cameron 1163

Ballerina Feme Kirshenbaum as told to Bill Holton 169

Mom's Stained-Glass Window Katherine Von Ahnen 173

I Still See Him Everywhere Richard Morsilli Jo Coudert 177

I Don't Want to Walk Without You Joyce A. Harvey 184

I Wish You Enough Bob Perks 188

The Quickening Monica Kiernan 190

The Horizon Henry Scott Holland 194

6 Insights and Lessons

Chocolate-Covered Cherries Dawn Holt 198

Remember with Courage Janelle M. Breese Biagioni 202

My Father's Voice Walker Meade 205

Missing Pa Am Hood 209

What Death Has Taught Me Barb Kerr 214

Keep Your Fork Dr. Roger William Thomas 217

7 Living Again

Lilyfish Bill Heavey 222

Hope Is Stronger Than Sorrow Duane Shearer as told to Janice Finnell 226

The Miracle of Gary's Gift Sandy Allinder as told to Dianne Gill 231

Choosing to Live Chris Thiry 236

The Mother Box Linda Webb Gustafson 242

Evolution Stephanie Hesse 245

Who Is Jack Canfield? 247

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 248

Contributors 249

Permissions 257

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