Through the loss of her son, her 36 year marriage, her health and, finally, bankruptcy, Therese has written a book that offers everyone the opportunity to turn the wounds of grief into the shining portal into a new and meaningful life. “The journey through grief is a hero/heroine’s journey,” says Therese, and we are all meant to reach the grail of our deepest heart. She also introduces the idea of ‘global grief” as a burden of sadness that comes to us through our television and other avenues and adds to personal loss. Seeing children murdered, tsunami victims swept away in front of our eyes, and war enters our cells on a daily basis, causing an unknown sense of sadness. This book teaches us how to transform that burden into a new sense of possibility.
Each chapter includes exercises and she has also produced an MP3 with 11 of the exercises in her voice over the Prague Symphony and compositions by Grammy-nominee Michael Hoppe and meditation music from Lance Ware’s “Heart and Soul Meditations.”
Targeted Age Group:
Anyone who has experienced profound loss.
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The genre of “self-help” is a precious gift. We damage rather than help if we make things sound easy or present a facile answer to a deep question. It is a huge responsibility to desire to help others. If you haven’t been there, you can’t really say “I know how you feel.” A lifetime of challenges led me to feel qualified to write this book, and it is a sacred charge. I never take it lightly.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write only what has “heart” for you. If you research what’s popular, you will fail. The reader knows when you are authentic or when you are searching for the magic key to success. Continue to believe in your heart’s wisdom and you will prosper in the ways that matter.
Having the heart is not enough–read good writing, understand what makes it touch another person where they live. And practice, practice, practice. No one builds a car without a knowledge of the parts. Why should anyone be able to do less when writing a book?
Therese Tappouni is a grief counselor, author, licensed HeartMath provider, mother, grandmother and poet–not necessarily in that order! She writes because she must. She has six books and has written a booklet of poems for Michael Hoppe’s latest CD titled “Tapestry.” “The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss” is her latest book and her life’s work. Her goal in life is simple–to use her experience and hard-earned wisdom to help others. her website is www.theresetappouni.com, and she loves to hear from those who just need a friendly ear. Therese lives in Indian Shores, Florida with her life partner and is a member of several writing groups. She continues to take classes, and will as long as she is able.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My desire to honor my losses led to the need to explore how to avoid becoming a “victim.” I felt that the profound loss of my son opened my heart to the possibility of being more than I had been. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t quick, but I can now share with those in grief the steps that work. It is vital that the grieving know they will be working through the process in their own way, and no two are the same. “One size fits all” does NOT work in grief. My greatest hope is to reach as many people as possible and let them know they are not alone.