From Eulogy to Joy: A Heartfelt Anthology

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Capital Books, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 544 pages
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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. Rabbi Earl Grollman, and many others.
 

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Contents

THE FUNERAL AND THE EULOGY Actual eulogies and personal accounts of funerals are presented
33
Angels Trumpet In Celebration Of Raymond Lokkens Life 19481997
34
Sunstruck
36
In Memory Of My Cousin Ray Lokken
41
The Spiritual Side Of Grief
42
The StarSpangled Receipt
43
The Funeral
44
The Wake
50
A Thanksgiving Legacy
259
Changes
262
My Grief Garden
264
December Thursday
270
All Around Us
273
GRANTING TIME TO GRIEVE These contributors explore the significance of allowing time to mourn both in predeath and postdeath situations and...
275
There Is Life After DeathMine
279
Seven Steps Forward One Step Back
284

A Eulogy For Warren Charles Bonner 19162000
51
CHILDRENS DEATHS INFANTS THROUGH ADULTHOOD Parents share their heartache and the experiences they faced while dealing with the los...
54
Roma Was Here
58
Jeremy
64
I Never Heard Him Cry
67
Subsequent Pregnancy After The Death Of A Baby
69
Cardboard Boxes
76
Fall Out
77
Released
80
THE DEATH OF PARENTS Adults discuss what it means to lose a parent by offering their journeys their feelings of loss of connection and the value...
82
Deep Breaths
85
In My Fathers House
89
The Death Of My Mother And The Death Of Expectations
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
SPOUSES MATES AND EXS People address the impact of losing their significant partners
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
THE LOSS OF FRIENDS Men and women describe the importance of friendship as they discuss their losses
127
Time Stopped
128
Anatol
135
Jacques Story
138
What Does BirdWatching Have To Do With Grief Anyway?
142
Martha
144
Thank You My Friend
146
A Laughers Last Laugh
148
WHEN SOMEONE YOU HATE OR ARE ANGRY WITH DIES Brave women tackle the taboo subject of how one deals with the death of a person t...
152
Moving Past Bitter
154
Walking Toward Kathy
156
DEALING WITH UNNATURAL DEATHS Deaths of children and adults by murder suicide and accidents are reflected upon by those who were clos...
165
My Life Has Changed
171
A Letter To My Sister
173
Cry Uncle
179
Requiem For An Unbroken Love
185
Fat Danny
192
Daddys Death
196
The Drowning
199
Derek
200
CHILDRENS PERSPECTIVES The feelings and impressions of death are revealed through the eyes of children
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
THE KNOWN FEELINGS The raw emotions are expressed that appear in the various stages of grief shock denial depression anger guilt and forgive...
224
A Fathers Cry
225
Metamorphosis
228
Natural Parts Of Grief
230
Youre Not The One
232
Vultures
234
Dealing With Dads Death
238
Silent Guilt
239
Didnt I Close That Chapter?
242
Tripwire
248
THE IMPORTANCE OF RITUAL AND FAMILY TRADITION The deaths of children parents mates and friends are the basis for poignant stories wh...
252
The Earthquake
254
All I Should Have Said
287
A Family Perspective
291
Like An Eagle Falling
298
A Place
302
The Mournings Over
304
Just Give It Time
307
Grief Postponed
313
REACHING OUT TO GOD AND SPIRITUALITY The role of faith is shown to be helpful and sustaining during the grieving process
316
Dealing With Death
318
The Last Embrace
321
The Gaining Of Faith Through
323
Tears Of Healing
326
The Falling Star
327
La Montana Se MoviōThe Mountain Moved
332
My Darkest Hour
338
Alone With The Lord
343
JOURNALING Journaling proves to be a useful tool for coping with the stress and difficult emotions that follow the death of loved ones
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
THE GIFT OF SUPPORT The comfort received from support of family friends and groups plays a significant role in the healing process of the berea...
383
Help With Healing
390
Living Through Suicide
391
Time Heals All
393
Angel In Our Family
396
The Hope Group
400
THE ROLE OF CAREGIVERS Professionals discuss the impact of helping others who are dying or who have lost a loved one
407
The Nature Of Death
410
Reaching Out
411
Romas Purpose
415
Living With The Grief Of Alzheimers Disease
419
A Job Of Love
424
ALTERNATIVE ORIENTATIONS TOWARD DEATH The benefit of metaphysical approaches to healing when the death of a beloved one is presen...
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
Allans Words channeled
453
Messages From Michael
459
MEMORIALS Touching stories explain how donor gifts helped soothe the pain from loss
466
The Gift Of Blood
469
Joes Story
470
My Wifes Wishes
472
TRANSITION TO JOY With time and humor things do get better
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
JOY And finally an upbeat note allowing those in the early stages of grieving to see that in fact there can be good times ahead
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
Dannys Gift
510
Better Than Ive Ever Been
514
CLOSING STATEMENT
517
THE COVER STORY
519
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
525
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About the author (2002)

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.

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.

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