We have received a wonderful endorsement from Lynn Frohnmayer of our book, “Finding Life After Losing One.” Here are her comments after reading a copy, “Your book is beautiful, heart wrenching, authentic, and helpful.” Lynn and her late husband, Dave Frohnmayer, are the co-founders of Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, an important organization leading the nation’s effort to find a cure for the devastating disease known as Fanconi Anemia. The Frohnmayer’s three daughters, Katie, Kirsten, and Amy, all died due to Fanconi Anemia. Lynn understands better than any of us the impact of losing a dear child. She is our hero as she has taken tragedy and is working hard to prevent it in the lives of others. Please go to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund website to learn more: http://fanconi.org/
We were asked by the staff at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Portland, Oregon to provide training on the grief process to their staff. What a great opportunity and what wonderful people who work at these “homes away from home.” In 2014, over 2000 families stayed at one of the two homes available in the Portland area. These homes are minutes away from their children’s doctors, medical teams, and hospitals. Some of the families traveled 30 miles and others traveled more than 8,000 miles for treatment. Here’s more on the Ronald McDonald House program in Portland which supports thousands of families each year who are dealing with illness, injuries, and other life-threatening issues with their children: http://rmhcoregon.org/about-us/mission-and-values
Both of our families were recipients of the generous services provided by the Ronald McDonald House. Alice and family stayed at the Ronald McDonald Houses in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado during Lora’s surgeries for neuroblastoma back in 1985. Later, she joined a daughter whose son was having surgery for a cleft palate and lip in Salt Lake City, Utah and they were fortunate to stay at a Ronald McDonald House in that city. Nikki and her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland on two occasions when her oldest and youngest sons were hospitalized at Randall Children’s Hospital.
We felt fortunate to have the opportunity to “give back” to the staff and provide some insight into the grieving process experienced by many of the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses. The staff continues to grow and incorporate so many wonderful new ideas to help these families. One of those new ideas is to have volunteers paint a rock in honor of a child who has stayed at the house. These will be placed into a rock garden on the premises. Here’s a photo of Alice and Nikki in that new rock garden after their training presentation on June 6, 2016.
We just learned that “Finding Life After Losing One” is now available online at Target. http://www.target.com/p/finding-life-after-losing-one-paperback/-/A-50687697 We’re happy to see the book being sold through so many different sites including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Broadway Books in Portland, J. Michael’s Books in Eugene, Grass Roots Book Store in Corvallis, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, and others. Plus many of our readers have called their local libraries and requested the book.
We just hope the book gets into the hands of the families and parents who could use a boost during their grieving process and discover that they are not alone. Many have walked that path. Each path is different, but there is solace in knowing others have been there.
Thank you, Kara Becerra, for your personal and poignant review on Amazon Books:
“I started to read this book out of interest to the topic (though I have not myself lost a child), and I was amazed at how helpful this book has been for me in my own grieving process after losing my dad a couple of months ago. Though the book speaks specifically to dealing with the loss of a child, I feel like a lot of the book can be generalize to the grief in general. I also so grateful that I was able to learn about ways that I can support a friend or family member when they are experiencing the loss of a child or other family member. I have already bought several copies to share with family members and friends who have experienced the loss of a child. This book is informative yet to the point, which will make it a realistic read to someone who has experienced loss who may not have the time energy for too much information.”
Thank you to Sandy Smith and Jack Wolcott, owners of Grass Roots Books in Corvallis, Oregon, for their warm hospitality at our first reading and signing. They were great and so were the 50 attendees who came. We appreciate everyone’s wonderful support. 40 books were sold and we hope that means 40 grieiving parents and/or family members are going to feel comforted and know that they are not alone.