Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway for THE COLLISION OF GRIEF AND GRATITUDE by Rosanne Liesveld! [Ends 8/18/18]
The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light by Rosanne Liesveld,, John Liesveld (Foreword) Paperback, 468 pages | Published May 16th 2017 by Illuminatio Press | Release date: May 16, 2017
ISBN: 0998861022 (ISBN13: 9780998861029)
Category: Adult Non-fiction,
Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief, Grief & Bereavement
Content Rating: PG (The subject of loss is explored and some of the emotions may be too raw for young children.)
Tour dates: July 16 to Aug 10, 2018
And so each day goes; the grief and the gratitude fighting for the bigger spot in my heart. The tug of war between these emotions exhausts me most days. If you see me in the grief mode, you’ll think I’m a wreck. But if you see me in gratitude mode, you’ll think I’m doing well. Neither is 100 percent true. I am what I am most days, leaning toward finding more gratitude than grief as the days turn into weeks and the weeks into months.
After the unexpected death of her husband, Rosanne Liesveld felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock that death left in its wake. The day of Curt’s funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in her heart for gratitude. The next day, she wrote another post; then another.
Rosanne’s daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood attracted hundreds to follow along on her journey. Her words inspired those who were not only grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships or live life with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. And it was healing.
Rosanne’s posts have been compiled into this 366-day journey and are accompanied by beautiful photos taken by Curt.
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Recommendations for Helping Someone Through Grief
Rosanne Liesveld is the author of The Collision of Grief and Gratitude. After the unexpected death of her husband, she felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock his death left in its wake. A few days after Curt’s funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in heart for gratitude. The next day she wrote another post, and then another.
Rosanne’s daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood inspired not only those who were grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships and life live with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. It was healing.
Today she shares her thoughts about how to help someone after a loss.
I lost the love of my life suddenly. It happened unexpectedly one Saturday afternoon after forty-three years of marriage.
Many books and websites are quick to offer lists of what to do or what to say to people going through grief. Most of those lists would suggest that we are all built alike and so we all need the same thing. I’m of the opinion we are all so different that you just can’t prescribe any one list of things that one should or shouldn’t do or say to someone going through grief.
Having said that, I have often thought about the things that people said or did that made a difference for me. These might not be right for everybody, but perhaps they will give you some ideas of where to start. Thought some of these may seem insignificant, for some reason, they were difference makers for me.
Rosanne is available to chat with groups or book clubs either in person or via Zoom. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is also the author of Teach with Strengths: How Great Teachers Inspire Students, a book she wrote in a more conventional way with JoAnn Miller and Jennifer Robinson for Gallup Press.
Meet the Author:
After the unexpected death of her husband, Curt, Rosanne Liesveld went on a year-long quest to find a glimmer of gratitude each day. She posted her daily journey on Facebook. Those posts become her book, The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light.
As a coach and teacher for more than thirty years with the Gallup Organization, Rosanne has helped people discover and lean into their strengths. She now speaks to groups about how to build stronger relationships, and live life with more intention and gratitude.
Connect with the author: Facebook
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