Book Title: The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light
Author: Rosanne Liesveld
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 468 pages
Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief, Grief & Bereavement
Publisher: Illuminatio Press
Release date: May 16, 2017
Tour dates: July 16 to Aug 10, 2018
Content Rating: PG (The subject of loss is explored and some of the emotions may be too raw for young children.)
"And so each day goes; the grief and the gratitude fighting for the bigger spot in my heart. The tug of war between these emotions exhausts me most days. If you see me in the grief mode, you'll think I'm a wreck. But if you see me in gratitude mode, you'll think I m doing well. Neither is 100 percent true. I am what I am most days, leaning toward finding more gratitude than grief as the days turn into weeks and the weeks into months."
After the unexpected death of her husband, Rosanne Liesveld felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock that death left in its wake. The day of Curt's funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in her heart for gratitude. The next day, she wrote another post; then another.
Rosanne's daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood attracted hundreds to follow along on her journey. Her words inspired those who were not only grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships or live life with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. And it was healing.
Rosanne's posts have been compiled into this 366-day journey and are accompanied by beautiful photos taken by Curt.
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Meet the Author:After the unexpected death of her husband, Curt, Rosanne Liesveld went on a year-long quest to find a glimmer of gratitude each day. She posted her daily journey on Facebook. Those posts become her book, The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light.
As a coach and teacher for more than thirty years with the Gallup Organization, Rosanne has helped people discover and lean into their strengths. She now speaks to groups about how to build stronger relationships, and live life with more intention and gratitude.
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Rosanne Liesveld is the author of The Collision of Grief and Gratitude. After the unexpected death of her husband, she felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock his death left in its wake. A few days after Curt’s funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in heart for gratitude. The next day she wrote another post, and then another.
Rosanne’s daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood inspired not only those who were grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships and life live with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. It was healing.
Today she answers some of our questions.
Q: Tell us a little about your background and education.
A: I was a music teacher for ten years and then started working at the Gallup Organization as a consultant in the K-12 education world. I’ve been at Gallup for thirty-two years. The past few years, I’ve spent my time coaching and teaching Clifton Strengths and its unique developmental theories. My graduate degree is in Adult Education from the University of Nebraska and I am certified by the International Coaching Federation as well as a Gallup’s Strength Coach. My late husband, Curt, and I were high school sweethearts, and I worked to support him through seminary and later grad school.
Q: What types of book do you enjoy reading?
A: I do love a good biography or autobiography. And I’m a sucker for anything that challenges conventional thinking on topics of politics, faith, and personal development.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: I love Anne La Motte. Other authors I love are Willa Cather (a fellow Nebraskan), Richard Rohr, Brene Brown (She keeps me sane some days!), Mary Pipher, and I’ve always loved the comic relief of Erma Bombeck!
Q: You didn’t intend to write this book. How did this book come to be?
A: I felt a strong second wave of grief about ten days after my husband died when I realized I just didn’t know how I would ever thank the people who had helped me in those first difficult days. I could hardly remember who they were, much less thank them properly. About the same time, my son suggested that I some point I might want to look at Facebook, where people had posted some powerful words to both my husband’s page and to mine. The thought came that perhaps I could just get on Facebook once to say thank you to some people, so I did that. I also read the beautiful notes of support others had posted.
As I lifted my fingers from writing that first post, I felt a huge sense of relief and peace. So, I decided to write a second day. And a third. And the writing became my therapy and my way to connect with people. My son often said he felt better knowing that even though I alone in my home, I had so many people “out there” supporting me and responding to my posts. After about six months of posting, many people began urging me to put the posts into something more permanent, but it wasn’t until almost a year in that I gave the idea of a book any serious thought. As with so many things, it was with the words and encouragement of some very dear and important people that I made the decision to put the book together so that others might have some way to live life more fully and intentionally.
Q: How did you find something new to write about each day?
A: I honestly didn't find it hard to come up with things to share. Because I was determined to be authentic, I simply wrote about what was going on in that day, both practically and emotionally. I didn't ever plan what I would write. I would simply sit down, put my fingers on the keyboard and start to write. As corny as it sounds, my heart just poured out on the keys.
Q: What do you most hope readers will take away from your book?
A: I think most people think this book is for people going through grief, and of course, it is. But my hope that is an inspiration for people to just take their life to the next level. So many people who commented on the posts were simply inspired to invest more in their marriages, their faith, their families, their relationships, and their lives in general. That's why I now say the book is about living life with more intention and gratitude.
Rosanne is available to chat with groups or book clubs either in person or via Zoom. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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