Seasons of Letting Go: Most of what I know about truly living I learned by helping someone die (Paperback)

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Caregiving and death are emotion-laden topics often avoided in modern conversation. It’s much easier to stay busy, push down our feelings and get on with conducting our daily lives. As a result, our grief may stay stuck in its infancy, keeping us from the resilience that marks its growth and the healthy renewal that comes when we can finally be done with grieving.

What started as a blog about caregiving became this collection of essays in which Frances Figart explores the universal emotions that surround losing a loved one. The book begins by traveling through the psychological landscape that marks each season in the initial year of grief. It then goes on to chronicle the author’s four-year journey of allowing grief to mature, carrying her beyond sadness into healing and self-actualization.

About the Author

As a magazine editor for the National Tour Association, Frances Ruthe Figart (pronounced Fié-gert) became passionate about sustainable travel. This led to the international adventure of a lifetime as the marketing director for a kayak ecotourism operation with bases in Canada and Costa Rica. In 2010 she chose to leave the ocean environment and return to her native Kentucky to help her mother have the best possible death. Moving to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2013 to start life anew, she was hired by the city’s popular arts and culture magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, and is now its editor. She lives on six acres in the mountains with her husband and a menagerie of wildlife, cats and dogs.

Praise For…

“If you or someone you know has experienced a loss or change, this book will touch your heart. The beautiful photography and illustrations add to the story of adventure, loss, change and renewal. These essays help the reader to understand how the death of a loved one can open our soul to experiences we never expected. I will recommend this book to my patients and their families.”
~Leslie Donovan, Hospice, Asheville, NC

"The strength of this book lies in its universal appeal to anyone who has ever lost a loved one. It invites each of us to complete our own grief work by exploring the broad mix of emotions inherent in caregiving and death. As the author learns to let go and move on into the rest of her life, we are invited to draw on her wisdom and find ways to honor our own loved ones who have passed on. At once both deeply personal and widely relevant, Seasons of Letting Go is a rich gift for all seasons." ~ Banta H. Whitner, LCSW, Black Mountain, NC

"In celebrating the richly lived life of her mother, Frances Figart shares the evolution of richness in her own life through a beautiful collection of essays. Everyone's art is there to find in ways more multidimensional than one can imagine if you consciously embrace the realm of possibility and become an active participant in your own life. Seasons of Letting Go will inspire those seeking the "what's next" in their own life. Well done Ms Figart!" ~Kathy Bragg, Monroe, NC

Product Details
ISBN: 9780998011608
Publisher: Black Bomb Books
Publication Date: January 2017
Pages: 98