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Finding Hope in Grief, April 18

My husband David introduced me to Cecil Murphey’s book “90 Minutes in Heaven.” The very last book David held in his hands was the same author’s “Getting to Heaven.” On the day my husband died, a check from Cecil Murphey for an essay I wrote arrived in my mailbox. On the night of my husband’s wake, I received word I’d won a Cecil Murphey scholarship to a writer’s conference that would take place on what would have been mine and David’s 34th wedding anniversary. Six months after Cecil and I finally met at another writer’s conference, Cec lost his wife of nearly sixty years, and I began writing him letters, sharing pieces of the book he would later write a foreword for. Now, four years after my husband’s death, I will be speaking with the mentor who became my friend.

 

Cecil and Mary grief poster

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Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Reporter for the Manchester Press newspaper and popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015.

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