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SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing

An extraordinary personal journal of grief is translated into a book of comfort for those suffering a loss or tragedy and it holds a person/the reader up and carries them into a new stage of gratitude, faith and hope.  It does not leave out the ups and downs and it is personal and yet encompasses ideas and strategies which connect to numerous situations and it is healing.

Downing found that writing about her day- to-day experience for the year after her husband’s death from cancer assisted her in coping and understanding her emotions.  As a former Hospice Nurse studying to become a consultant to families and individuals making big changes in their lives, she found the practice of keeping a journal kept her grounded in her progress and real with the changes she needed to undertake as a widow and a single parent.

The poetry and quotes in the book are just amazing and kept this reader contemplating their relevance in her life situation.   The writing was just lovely and the organization of the journal entries were meaningful and although I was not grieving a death, I was recovering from a big surgery that is changing my life significantly;  I found reading this book to be soothing and challenged my thinking bringing a calm to my deliberations and energies.

The last section of the book is a grouping of the profound lessons Downing learned over the year.  These are things about self-care, making decisions, parenting a grieving child with bursts of big happiness, and how to keep love, gratitude and hope within reach to become a guiding light in those moments of profound darkness.

I have read a number of books about death and grief and I believe this one is one of the better resources I have encountered.   I would like to get the word out about this one because although very personal, I think it covers so many of the stages and aspects a human experiences after a death or trauma, that I believe the insights are extremely worthwhile.  Will you please share this review on other social media sites and assist me in getting the word out?  Thank you

I underlined so many wonderful statements in this book, I just need to share the whole book with people  – it is that good!

The author sent me a copy of her book and asked me to review on patriciaswisdom and I was very happy to do so, I am hoping that the word will travel far and wide.

Carole Marie Downing has a gratitude coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, shares life with her son and a dog named Alta.

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6 Responses to “SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — I just Tweeted this wonderful review. Once again, your perspective on the message contained between the covers of a book has caused me to add it to my must-read list. Thank you!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for tweeting this book to your network. It is a wonderful book and I hope it will reach many folks.

    Thank you for commenting also….
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  2. Davina Haisell Says:

    Wonderful review, Patricia!

    It is so true about the written word. Somehow, expressing thoughts and feelings on paper helps to give you space to see them more clearly. I hope all is well with you! xoxo

    Patricia Reply:

    In big recovery myself right now and finally making it to sitting in chairs and using the computer on the table – not on the abs! Being pain free after such a long time is wonderful.

    This is quite the book and I want to keep it close a hand as the wisdom is amazing and it brings one to gratitude page after page after page. Quite the read
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  3. Sam Juliano Says:

    Your impassioned review does certainly make a strong case for this book, but beyond that it does seem to have an inherent value for those who can well understand that life has its peaks and valleys. Beautifully done Patricia!
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    Patricia Reply:

    I want to keep this book close at hand as it is just full of wisdom that helps me in so many instances of my life. Gratitude the elixir of healing
    Thank you for your kind words and for your appreciated comments
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