Collateral blessings, a term describing something good that results from something bad.
Today marks the release of the 35th book bearing my name. A book filled with stories by widows who share their own personal insight into the unspoken challenges of losing a husband, and the emotional, mental and social shifts she’s forced to reckon with in the aftermath.
I didn’t lose a husband, but I lost a child. Our daughter Aly.
As I fought to restore balance to my world, I found comfort in stories by those who walked before me. They gave me hope.
Grief Diaries was born and built on this belief. By leaning on and learning from one another, our stories become a lifeline in a griefphobic society.
Each book offers family and friends a better understanding of why their loved one acts the way they do.
Scholars and clinicians learn from the rich spectrum of unfiltered narrations by people from all backgrounds.
When I lost Aly, I didn’t set out to do anything other than breathe. The collateral blessing is that her death led to something far bigger than either her or me. It birthed a village of people brave enough to share the truths of their loss—and what hope means to them today.
I will celebrate right after I blow my nose.
–Lynda Cheldelin Fell XOXO