The Healing Power of Creative Mourning

Fred Yager, Jan Yager, Seth Alan Barkas, Priscilla Orr, Scott YagerTheHealingPowerofCreativeMourning-cover

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Press release

Summary

The poems in this collection deal with the universal themes of coping with illness, death, grief, loss, and bereavement. From the Preface: “…Creativity can help to fill the emotional void caused by a loss. It empowers you as you take that loss, whether it’s because of terminal illness, death, or separation, and create something from it…But whether or not you write your own poetry, there is a cathartic benefit to reading the poems of others. They’re also meant to entertain, like a good blues ballad…”

The collection also includes an Epilogue on coping with grief, including selected references and a list of resources for information or direct help, including web site addresses. Topics dealt with in this original collection include: coping with a miscarriage, illness and death of a father; death of a mother, a brother, a grandfather, a friend, a therapist, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.; the holidays after a loved one dies; death during the Vietnam War; and more.

Praise/reviews

“Grief doesn’t follow a set pattern; only the foolish think that the traditional steps of the healing process are sequential. Without creative outlets, as the authors have so beautifully suggested, reconciliation may never come about. In The Healing Power of Creative Mourning you’ll quickly discover words written with logic that seems to touch the heart in ways that logic can’t explain. I highly recommend this lovely book of poetry.”
—Eva Shaw, Ph.D., author of Shovel It: Nature’s Health Plan, What To Do When A Loved One Dies, and other self‑help titles.

“A truly wonderful book escorting the reader into the emotional lives of those who grieve. The authors invite the reader into the very private world of their own mourning. In the process we discover the common ground of our own mourning—and the ties that can I invite us all through the creative sharing of grief.”
—John G. Murphy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Friends of Karen, Inc.

“Anyone who has lost someone they love will be drawn emotionally into the poems of The Healing Power of Creative Mourning. Reading these poems touched my heart as I realized we all share a common bond and we are not alone when we feel lost, helpless, left behind, sad or lonely. Jan Yager offers guidance on ways to ease the pain of loss through prayer or activities that lead to positive steps toward healing. Fred Yager writes a vivid account of Vietnam through his poignant poems of war. Priscilla Orr shares her poems from Jugglers and Tides. The profound poem of Seth Alan Barkas, a young author who tragically died at 23 years old, was especially heart rendering. His look at the loss of a young friend not knowing that he himself would die young makes this brilliant poem invaluable. Scott Yager’s tribute to his grandfather in ‘When Grandpa Came Over’ will touch your heart. Once I began reading this book I couldn’t put it down. I truly enjoyed this book and find I reread the poems over and over again. Beautiful work! Well done.”
—Kathrine Peterson, Director/Producer, After the Tears: A Gentle Guide to Help Children Understand Death

Review appearing at http://www.menstuff.org

“The Healing Power of Creative Mourning: Poems. The Poems in this new collection deal with the universal themes of coping with illness, death, grief, loss, and bereavement. From the preface by Fred and Jan Yager, “Creativity can help to fill the emotional void caused by a loss. It empowers you as you take that loss, whether it’s because of terminal illness, death, or separation and create something from it. But whether or not you write your own poetry, there is a cathartic benefit to reading the poems of others. They’re also meant to entertain, like a good blues ballad… The collection also includes an Epilogue on coping with grief, including selected references and list of resources for information or direct help, including web site addresses. Topics dealt with in this original collection include: coping with a miscarriage, illness and death of a father; a mother, a brother, a grandfather, a friend, a therapist, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.; the holidays after a loved one dies, death during the Vietnam War, and more.”

About the authors

Jan Yager is author of 35 books as well as co-author with her husband Fred Yager of the poetry collection, In Love and Work.

Fred Yager is a communications and pr executive who is also author of five novels.

Priscilla Orr is a poet whose two poetry collections include Jugglers and Tides and Losing the Horizon.

Seth Alan Barkas was an aspiring playwright, movie and theatre critic, and poet.

Scott Yager, who is now a production coordinator for reality TV shows as well as a freelance writer and editor, was 11 when he wrote the poem that he read at his grandfather’s funeral that is included in this collection.

 

Book details

6×9
117 pages
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