Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss




This is an essential book for anyone impacted by grief–and that means nearly everyone. Unlike any time in history, the darkness of grief flows in daily through our televisions and aboard our social technologies with fearful accounts of personal and global suffering. Over 90% of medical visits in the United States are for stress-related symptoms. We are seeing record levels of depression and anxiety, even in children.

In “The Gifts of Grief”, Therèse shares compassionate tools that guide anyone safely through their grieving and into their healing. With personal and professional wisdom, she teaches the reader not only to overcome grief but also to discover the gifts—and meaning—that await each of us on this deeply personal journey.

“The Gifts of Grief” is beautiful and moving. I worked with Therèse when she provided her poetic interpretations of my music for the recent CD release “Tapestry”, and quickly learned what an exceptional writer she is. A kindred spirit, I feel Therèse addresses the same quality my music does. I do not try to analyze my music, other than that it is from the heart, for the heart. Therèse’s writing does this effortlessly and we all benefit from her wonderful talent of unearthing so beautifully the ways of the heart.”

—Michael Hoppé, producer, composer, musician, creator of Grammy™ nominated CDs and the beautiful award-winning short film “Nous Deux Encore” (Together Again.) His work has been short-listed for an Oscar™.

“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is, above all, to matter; to count, to stand for something, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.”

—Leo Rosten, essayist, humorist, academic