Guest post by Mona
As a bereaved parent with multiple losses, I searched for a way to express my grief. Fearing that I would forget the precious memories of my children, I wrote poems to memorialize each of them. Often, when I was in the depths of depression, I would journal. Over time I had compiled enough material to do what others had encouraged me to do for years… write a book.
It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. To isolate myself from my family and friends so that I could spend uninterrupted time writing was a lonely experience. It took several years because I would often run into memories that recalled the grief as if it was yesterday. I would write and cry as I played the tapes in my mind and then tried to record them while they were fresh and painful. I did my best to pen an authentic and transparent picture of one family’s journey through grief after loosing not one, but two children six years apart. I wrote about the grief, but I also wrote about my marriage and how my husband grieved differently than I did. I wrote about my only living child and how I tried to help him cope with the loss of two brothers. I wrote about family issues that arose during the very time that we were grieving the loss of a child. I had discovered that grief often has a strange effect on family relationships. I wrote about my struggle to maintain my faith when I didn’t understand what had happened to me and why. And finally, I wrote about turning the page in my grief process to acceptance of my “new normal”.
I poured my heart out as I tried to relay to others the nightmare I had lived through and came out with my hope and faith in tact. Eventually, my effort was given a name, “Nevertheless, I Live; Hope for a Hurting Heart”. I pray that this book will speak to the hearts of grieving people and show them that they, too, can survive.
You can read more about my book at www.monaadkisson.com.
UPDATE: Mona has generously offered to giveaway FIVE hardback copies of her book! This is open to international readers as well. Please follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter to enter the chance to win a copy of her book.