From Eulogy to Joy: A Heartfelt Anthology

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"From Eulogy to Joy" is a unique anthology of thought-provoking personal stories shared from the hearts of people who are "experts" on bereavement - because they have experienced grief firsthand. Through the words of 130 people the book reveals that, contrary to popular belief, we never "get over" the death of someone and actually never should. Rather, death is a life-transforming experience to "get through" and eventually "grow through" to a place of inner peace and renewed joy. Among the contributors are Neale Donald Walsch, Judy Belushi, Dr.
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Overview

"From Eulogy to Joy" is a unique anthology of thought-provoking personal stories shared from the hearts of people who are "experts" on bereavement - because they have experienced grief firsthand. Through the words of 130 people the book reveals that, contrary to popular belief, we never "get over" the death of someone and actually never should. Rather, death is a life-transforming experience to "get through" and eventually "grow through" to a place of inner peace and renewed joy. Among the contributors are Neale Donald Walsch, Judy Belushi, Dr. Rabbi Earl Grollman, and many others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892123411
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/22/2002
  • Series: Capital Cares
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristina Chase Strom has worked in the fields of the verbal and visual arts for thirty years. She is the mother of four daughters and lives outside Cincinnati.

Cynthia Kuhn Beischel became a widow and single mother when her husband drowned. She conceived the idea for "From Eulogy to Joy" to offer support, information, and hope to other grieving individuals. She is the author of "Discover the Past," a history for children and their families about Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

The Birthing of From Eulogy To Joy 23
How To Use This "How It Is" Book 25
Acknowledgements 29
Chapter 1 The Funeral and the Eulogy
At A Memorial--June 1, 1989 33
Angel's Trumper 34
Sunstruck 36
In Memory Of My Cousin, Ray Lokken 41
The Spiritual Side Of Grief 42
The Star-Spangled Receipt 43
The Funeral 44
The Wake 50
Commencement: A Eulogy For Warren Charles Bonner 1916-2000 51
Chapter 2 Children's Deaths: Infants Through Adulthood
Saying Goodbye To Our Baby 54
Roma Was Here 58
Jeremy 64
I Never Heard Him Cry 67
Resolving Grief On The Road To Happiness 69
Cardboard Boxes 76
Fall Out 77
Released 80
Chapter 3 The Death of Parents
That Was My Job 82
Deep Breaths 85
In My Father's House 89
Dealing With Two Deaths 90
Letter To My Father 93
Sentimental Journey 96
The Ninth Inning Ended 101
Grieving For An Unknown Mother 102
The Gerbil Funeral 104
Together Forever 105
Chapter 4 Spouses, Mates, and Ex's
The Most Important Day Of My Life 109
Why? 111
Out Of The Depths 116
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder 117
Run Aground 119
Learning Through Suffering 121
His Shirt 125
Chapter 5 The Loss of Friends
Losing Friends, The Hard Way 127
Time Stopped 128
Anatol 135
Jacque's Story 138
What Does Bird-Watching Have To Do With Grief Anyway? 142
Martha 144
Thank You, My Friend 146
A Laugher's Last Laugh 148
Chapter 6 When Someone You "Hate" Or Are Angry with Dies
My Mother Is Dying 152
Moving Past Bitter 154
Walking Toward Kathy 156
Chapter 7 Dealing with "Unnatural" Deaths
Kevin's Story 165
My Life Has Changed 171
A Letter To My Sister 173
Cry Uncle 179
Requiem For An Unbroken Love 185
Fat Danny 192
Daddy's Death 196
The Drowning 199
Derek 200
Chapter 8 Children's Perspectives
From Grampa With Love 202
Only Fear And Grief 203
The Gift Of Sacrifice 204
How I Accepted Death 206
Carrying On 209
We Were The Best Of Friends 213
Body 216
I Love You, Dad 217
The Child And Death 218
Chapter 9 The "Known" Feelings
Alone 224
A Father's Cry 225
Metamorphosis 228
Anger and Forgiveness: Natural Parts Of Grief 230
You're Not The One 232
Vultures 234
Dealing With Dad's Death 238
Silent Guilt 239
Didn't I Close That Chapter? 242
Tripwire 248
Chapter 10 The Importance of Ritual and Family Tradition
A Light Shines In My Heart 252
The Earthquake 254
A Thanksgiving Legacy 259
Changes 262
My Grief Garden 264
Saying Goodbye To Lisa 269
December Thursday 270
All Around Us 273
Chapter 11 Granting Time to Grieve
Healing From Loss 275
There Is Life After Death--Mine 279
Seven Steps Forward, One Step Back 284
All I Should Have Said 287
A Family Perspective 291
Like An Eagle Falling 298
A Place 302
The Mourning's Over 304
Just Give It Time 307
Grief Postponed 313
Chapter 12 Reaching Out to God and Spirituality
Death Is Not An Ending 316
Dealing With Death 318
The Last Embrace 321
The Gaining Of Faith Through Grief 323
Tears Of Healing 326
The Falling Star 327
La Montana Se Movio--The Mountain Moved 332
My Darkest Hour 338
Alone With The Lord 343
Chapter 13 Journaling
The First Month 345
Random Thoughts And Fleeting Images 352
Excerpts From My Journal 354
The Touching Wall 363
Entries From Eternity 365
A Symphony Of Mourning In Four Movements 368
From The Eyes Of A Child 376
Chapter 14 The Gift of Support
A Faithful Friend Brings Healing Hands 383
Help With Healing 390
Living Through Suicide 391
Time Heals All 393
Angel In Our Family 396
The Hope Group 400
Chapter 15 The Role of Caregivers
Time On The Cross 407
The Nature Of Death 410
Reaching Out 411
Roma's Purpose 415
Living With The Grief Of Alzheimer's Disease 419
A Job Of Love 424
Chapter 16 Alternative Orientations Toward Death
Between Two Worlds 429
Journey 432
Big Picture Premonitions 438
What Do We Know? 439
Cloud Dream 444
Letting Go Of My Dad 445
A Final Gift 448
Allan's Words 453
Messages From Michael 459
Chapter 17 Memorials
Christian's Legacy 466
The Gift Of Blood 469
Joe's Story 470
My Wife's Wishes 472
Chapter 18 Transition to Joy
Press On 474
The Gift Of Significance 475
Crying, Too, Shall End 476
Window of Life 479
Reflections Of A Typical Day In August 480
The First Laugh 483
Chapter 19 Joy
Excerpts From Samurai Widow 485
The Gift 492
Tears, Wonder, And Joy Upon The Transition Of My Father 494
Missing Ben 497
"'The Time Has Come,' the Walrus said ..." 501
Mourning Turned To Dancing 507
Danny's Gift 510
Better Than I've Ever Been 514
Closing Statement 517
The Cover Story 519
Biographical Information About The Contributors 525
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    A True Labor of Love

    'From Eulogy to Joy: A Heartfelt Anthology' is an exceptionally well crafted book. The thoughtfully compiled and well organized content is cast into a tastefully designed print. The 2002 paperback edition features 100+ contributors--with biographical notes--from all walks of life and groups their writings into 19 categories, from 'The Funeral and the Eulogy' over 'The Gift of Support', 'Alternate Orientations toward Death' to 'Joy'. The contributors share their stories of loss, grief, and joy through sincere and skillfully written essays and poems. It is the quality of the texts and the depth of each author's insights that make this anthology a manifest for the love and compassion of human beings for each other. It shows, too, that it is possible to accept death as a part of life and actually feel like celebrating the life of the beloved one who passed away. I regard this book as a True Labor of Love--love for the living and the dead.

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