A Companion Guide
to living your best life after loss reveals author’s journey of hope and healing after the death of her thirty-five-year-old brother and offers opportunities for others to heal from their own significant losses.
We all encounter losses that require us to grieve. Usually, if we find ourselves struggling or if our grief becomes complicated, it is relatively easy to find resources to turn to for help.
The exception is sibling loss. Though most of us have siblings, resources for survivors of sibling loss are surprisingly hard to come by, with emphasis instead placed on surviving parents, spouses, orchildren.
The almost complete lack of resources available to aid Dawn Lorie Norman in working through the grief that overwhelmed her after the death of her beloved brother from Hodgkin’s lymphoma compelled her to write the poignant new book Meet Me on the Playground, A Journey in Healing Sibling Loss.
In this sensitive and insightful journey, Dawn offers memories of the playground and reflections on her journey in sibling loss that can guide others who find themselves in profound grief over the loss of a sibling. She notes that this journey is about love, acceptance,and forgiveness of self, others, and circumstances. It’s also about discovering how to live with passion and to celebrate life after loss – something that seems virtually impossible in the midst of grief, despair, and loneliness.
In addition to exploring sibling bonds, the foundation of grief, and how loss experiences can differ, Meet Me on the Playgroundposes questions and challenges that offer an opportunity for readers to explore their own emotions in journal form. These journal reflections, notes Dawn, may prove to be an important part of healing. To that end, each chapter in the book concludes with In this moment encouragements and Journey Notes pages that invite readers to journal the thoughts, feelings, and emotions they are experiencing.
Dawn reminds readers not to judge or sensor themselves as they write. Instead, she inspires,“Allow the words to flow from your heart.”
She comments, “Losing a sibling is an overwhelming experience that changes your life and your entire being. When I lost my brother James, not only did my heart break, so did my spirit. My grief was paralyzing, my passion for living dead. I searched for support and found little. Yet with time, as this book reveals, the pain of loss softens and broken hearts and spirits mend. Once again, joyous memories are celebrated, and one lives again."
Author: Dawn Lorie Norman holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from Northeastern Illinois University. A writer, entrepreneur, and the creator of MeetMeonthePlayground.com,where surviving siblings can share their journey and celebrate their lost sibling. She is dedicated to Esteem Growth and Inspiring Healthy Living. Her healing journey to peace with death after surviving the loss of four grandparents, her mother, her father-in-law, her sister-in-law, and her beloved brother allows her to live after loss with passion and celebration of her loved ones.
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