Grief Diaries: Loss By Impaired Driver
Publisher: AlyBlue Media
ISBN 10: 1944328262
ISBN 13: 978-1944328269
Tamara’s two sons were killed by a drunk driver in 2006. Carl’s father was killed by two drunk drivers in 2007. Bill and Julie lost three loved ones to a drunk and drugged driver in 2007. Karin lost her daughter and her husband in 2010; her husband was the drunk driver. They all have three things in common: losing a loved one to an impaired driver, facing a rollercoaster of overwhelming emotions, and embarking on a journey seeking answers, healing and hope.
Part of the award-winning Grief Diaries series featuring true stories about real life experiences, this book is a portable support group for people who’ve lost a loved one to an impaired driver. Filled with answers to poignant questions, each writer invites readers into their world, and surrounds them with warmth and compassion as they seek comfort and understanding in the aftermath of their own loss.
"CRITICALLY IMPORTANT . . . I want to say to Lynda that what you are doing is so critically important." -DR. BERNICE A. KING, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King
"INSPIRATIONAL . . . Grief Diaries: Loss by Impaired Driving is the result of heartfelt testimonials from a dedicated and loving group of people. By sharing their stories, the reader will learn the true devastation that impaired driving causes, and perhaps find inspiration and a renewed sense of comfort as they move through their own journey." -CANDACE LIGHTNER, Founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
"DEEPLY INTIMATE . . . Grief Diaries is a deeply intimate, authentic collection of narratives that speak to the powerful, often ambiguous, and wide spectrum of emotions that arise from loss. I so appreciate the vulnerability and truth embedded in these stories, which honor and bear witness to the many forms of bereavement that arise in the aftermath of death." DR. ERICA GOLDBLATT HYATT, Chair of Psychology, Bryn Athyn College
"MOVING . . . We learn from stories throughout life. In Grief Diaries, the stories are not only moving but often provide a rich background for any mourner to find a gem of insight that can be used in coping with loss. Reread each story with pen in hand and you will find many that are just right for you." DR. LOUIS LAGRAND, Author of Healing Grief, Finding Peace
"A FORCE . . .The writers of this project, the Grief Diaries anthology series, are a force to be reckoned with. I'm betting we will be agents of great change." MARY LEE ROBINSON, Author and Founder of Set an Extra Plate initiative
"INCREDIBLE . . .Thank you so much for doing this project, it's absolutely incredible!" JULIE MJELVE, Founder, Grieving Together
"STUNNING . . . Grief Diaries treats the reader to a rare combination of candor and fragility through the eyes of the bereaved. Delving into the deepest recesses of the heartbroken, the reader easily identifies with the diverse collection of stories and richly colored threads of profound love that create a stunning read full of comfort and hope." DR. GLORIA HORSLEY, President, Open to Hope Foundation
"WONDERFUL . . .Grief Diaries is a wonderful computation of stories written by the best of experts, the bereaved themselves. Thank you for building awareness about a topic so near and dear to my heart." DR. HEIDI HORSLEY, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University, Author, Co Founder of Open to Hope Organization
"OUTSTANDING . . .Lynda and her team did an outstanding job of moving all contributors through the process in a gentle, yet efficient way. Most importantly, the project team set up questions for contributors that were fashioned to elicit thoughtful and insightful answers. MARY LEE ROBINSON, Author, The Widow or Widower Next Door
"HOPE AND HEALING . . . You are a pioneer in this field and you are breaking the trail for others to find hope and healing." KRISTI SMITH, Bestselling Author & International Speaker
"GLOBAL . . .One of The Five Facets of Healing mantras is together we can heal a world of hurt. This anthology series is testimony to the power we have as global neighbors to do just that." ANNAH ELIZABETH, Founder of The Five Facets of Healing"
About the Author
Considered a pioneer in the field of inspirational hope, Lynda Cheldelin Fell is CEO of AlyBlue Media, and creator of the award-winning book series Grief Diaries and Real Life Diaries. She has a passion for storytelling in all forms, and interviews people worldwide through radio, film, and books. Her repertoire of interviews includes Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter, Trayvon Martin’s mother, sisters of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, Pastor Todd Burpo of Heaven Is For Real, CNN commentators and other societal newsmakers on finding healing and hope in the aftermath of life’s harshest challenges. Learn more at www.LyndaFell.com.
BILL & JULIE DOWNS were born and raised in south Mississippi. When their son, daughter-in-law, and close family friend were killed by an impaired driver in 2007, Bill and Julie founded the nonprofit organization AVIDD. They are dedicated to ending impaired driving by serving as the voice of victims, help educate the public, and offer support and resources to survivors. email@example.com www.Advocatesforvicitimsofimpaireddriving.org