Authors and Artists :: Carol Wiseman
Carol Wiseman and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon. They escaped with their two children long ago from the cement, chaos, and car fumes of San Francisco suburbia. This liberation to a quieter, cleaner lifestyle slowed Carol down and let in the joys of simplicity and clearer thinking. The relief was a revelation.
A lifetime of introspection, education, and related jobs sparked Carol’s passion for people watching, and one thing became clear: most of us are simply trying to cram too much into our days. She just knew there must be a better way than living with so much stress, and she’s been trying ever since to help herself and others slow down, simplify, and relax more.
For more about Carol, visit her website: www.carolwiseman.com.
Examples of Blue Mountain Arts products by Carol Wiseman
And here the introduction from the book, Emerging from the Heartache of Loss…
An important beginning.
The most healing, reassuring words your fragile heart can hear right now are these: “It won't always be this way. You won't always feel like this.” This knowledge will keep your spirit alive and help keep you plugging on to the next day. If this is your first experience with such heartache, you can cling to these words until they're true for you.
Loss is a life experience that we all have in common; there's really no way around it. And we all have to cope with it in our own way. Since we've been coping with loss all our lives–ever since we had to give up that warm, cozy place inside Mom's belly–you'd think we'd get used to it. After all, most major changes in life carry with them a loss… of the way it used to be… of the person we used to have in our lives. Eventually, we all have to adjust when loved ones die, dreams disappear, health turns sour, or relationships change. We lose moms, dads, children, husbands, wives, siblings, grandparents… our soldiers… our unborn. We lose pets, jobs, our nest eggs, and sometimes even our sanity. The volume of pain is stunning. Some have anguished for a lifetime.
Some losses are so devastating you're sure you will never be the same again... and you may not. But the pain will lessen as you begin to adjust your life around the change.
Hundreds of experts have written volumes about the common stages of grief and our reactions to loss, but you'd probably pay just to get a good night's sleep about now. Instead of more advice, I want to offer real solutions.
During the promotion of my first book, A Patchwork of Comforts: Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind, I discovered how many people have been devastated by grief and loss. I was then bent on helping readers un-devastate. Through research, interviews, and my own experiences, I've discovered which strategies are most helpful to people struggling with a major loss. In Emerging from the Heartache of Loss, I pass on to you the solutions that have worked so well for others.
The list of ways people help themselves through the grieving process is long, but three things are clear: seek comfort, cry often, and wait. Most important of all, be kind to yourself. Running from pain makes it grow, eventually dousing creativity and sucking the joy out of life. How ironic that when we stop running, the pain softens and we can see that it will finally pass.
In an effort to help you through your grief, I have taken the liberty of reversing the alphabet in the Table of Comforts so that Acceptance, the last stage in your healing, is where you end up. You'll find crying referred to often; it's important. However, you don't have to go through this book from front to back: feel free to skip around and try out the strategies in whatever order feels right to you. Not all of the solutions will apply to you, but at least one is bound to speak to your heart.
I hope you find solace in the following pages. The ideas reflect heartfelt solutions to getting you through your grief and back to living again.
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