Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve

Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve

by Judy Lipson
Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve

Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve

by Judy Lipson


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For Judy Lipson, her sisters were her compass, constant, champions, and competitors and for thirty years she suppressed the grief of losing her two beloved sisters. Judy lost her younger sister Jane at age twenty-two in an automobile accident and nine years later her older sister Margie at age thirty-five to a twenty year battle with anorexia and bulimia. It was not until 2011 that Judy began her journey to mourn for Margie and Jane. Judy experienced the reality that those who lose siblings are the forgotten mourners and they are left to take care of their parents and children. The impact of their loss takes a back seat. Through her participation and work prescribed in a complicated grief study, Judy learned to restore her well-being, happy memories of her sisters, and the passion the three of them had for figure skating. By bringing her sisters and their memories together more present in her life, Judy found peace. To honor the memory of her sisters, Judy created and continues to hold, Celebration of Sisters, an annual ice skating fundraiser which benefits Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the story of how Judy used her memories and their shared love of ice skating to come full circle. When she performs on the ice, Judy feels Margie and Jane on each shoulder guiding her and whispering in her ear, "Judy, you've got this." This is a story of love, grief, and moving forward, even years after the loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608082674
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 11/30/2021
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Judy Lipson is the middle of three who sadly lost two sisters who were her constant, champions, and competitors. After suppressing the grief for thirty years, skating became the pivotal force bringing Judy full circle back her sisters in a sport the Lipson sisters shared and founded Celebration of Sisters, an annual ice-skating fundraiser to commemorate the lives and memories of her beloved sisters Margie and Jane to benefit Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

The journey transformed Judy from the shy, middle, introverted sister to perform on the ice, and share her story in speaking as the keynote for The Bereaved Parents USA National Conference, providing workshops at The Compassionate Friends National Conference, and contributing to The Open To Hope Foundation and Centering Corporation.

Judy’s memoir, Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve by WriteLife Publishing, 2021 Literary Titan Silver Award, written in the hopes of:

“If, by hearing my story, another person who has lost a sibling does not feel so alone we’ve done good. If, by attending or hearing about the gala, a new skater stands up, we’ve done good. If an individual learns about advocating for healthcare, we’ve done good. If someone with an eating disorder or that person’s family member or friend seeks help, we’ve done good. If we have brought joy, we’ve done good.”

Please listen to Judy as a guest on podcasts:
The Surviving Siblings https://www.thesurvivingsiblings.com/judy-lipson/
The Morning Glory https://www.themorninggloryproject.com/judy-lipson/
Skating Success https://open.spotify.com/episode/1zmA65c86BJCsKEL9XzAwG?si=wt3CxMBjRDmHZPEoKP0CkQ&nd=1
Let’s Talk About Grief https://www.buzzsprout.com/1647397
Where’s The Grief https://wheresthegrief.libsyn.com/author-judy-lipson

For a complete list of interviews, media, photos, and to learn more about Celebration of Sisters, visit, www.judylipson.org

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue: I Will Always Love You xi

Chapter 1 Jane 1

Chapter 2 Margie 11

Chapter 3 Three Sisters 19

Chapter 4 Ice-Skating 31

Chapter 5 Margie's Illness 37

Chapter 6 New York City Girl 51

Chapter 7 Generations 59

Family Pictures 68

Chapter 8 Tides Are Changing 79

Chapter 9 Why Now? 85

Chapter 10 Thirty-Year Milestone 91

Chapter 11 Circles of Comfort 101

Chapter 12 Complicated Grief 107

Chapter 13 Forgiveness 117

Chapter 14 Traditions: Old, New, and Revised 123

Chapter 15 We Get Up 129

Chapter 16 It Is Never Too Late to Grieve 135

Epilogue: Celebration of Sisters 141

Author's Note 149

Acknowledgments 151

Reading List 153

Celebration of Sisters Skating Performances 155

About the Author 157

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