This powerful and tender collection of poems traces the steps Rosemary traveled after her wife's death.
Love and Transcendence also contains a Discussion Guide for groups, book clubs, and journaling.
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About the Author
Both Ellen and Rosemary had completed academic careers, Rosemary in culture and communications, and Ellen in medicine. Both were avid francophiles who spoke easy French, as they had both lived and studied in French- speaking European countries. Both were deeply attuned to healing, Ellen as a physician and Rosemary as an alternative healer -- a classical homeopath. Both were poets. Both had devoted themselves to nurturing spiritual and emotional growth in younger people and wished to continue doing so. Both had been academics, devoted to learning and finding deep fulfillment in teaching.
Both Rosemary and Ellen, sharing an adventurous willingness to try something new, had decided to commit to each other. Immediately after that decision, Ellen received a diagnosis of recurrent Stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer, with a prognosis of six months to live. Together they decided they would still go ahead with the ceremony, and were fortunate to experience a total of almost ten years together as committed soulmates and practice partners.
Ellen died, unexpectedly, of cardiac arrest, on election night, 2008. Rosemary's solace, in response to the trauma of loss, was to surrender to her grief, a decision that led into a world of heightened sensitivity and poetry. She recorded poems as they came to her - a window into the primal experience of shock and grief and the human ability to transcend old beliefs and to accept new awareness at a higher spiritual level.