ANNOUNCING A GUIDEBOOK FOR YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE OF LOSS by Patti Digh
–coming in June 2013–
We all experience different forms of loss in our lives. Some are powerful enough to truly knock us off course. This book will help you find your way back.
When someone we love dies, for example, we suddenly walk alone into new territory without them. We become strangers in new lands, places where the landscape is unalterably changed, where the center of gravity has somehow faltered and become weak, making us feel as if we might fall off the surface of the earth. Sometimes, that moment of loss defines the rest of our lives, becoming a center to our compass forever.
This book is borne of loss. Of death, certainly, but not only death. There are other forms of change that involve loss as well as joy: the panic that sometimes accompanies aging, the ways that childbirth both signals a beginning and an end, the heartbreak that comes with the end of a relationship, grieving a friend who violates our trust, filling the hole left by a child going to college, and many more. The kinds of loss that will be addressed include the loss of love, of certainty and assuredness, of knowing where we are, of identity (who we are), of beauty and youth, of health, of life itself, of privacy, and of roles and of knowing.
This unique book is a guide, an atlas of those experiences of loss and grief, a map for living through and into change and impermanence, to moving on anew.
You are the navigator through the three main sections:
Embrace what is: Walking into your new landscape
Honor what was: Being grateful for your old landscape
Love what will be: Living into your future landscape
Illustrated throughout with art submitted from around the world, this book is a visual atlas of experience, utilizing map imagery and the richly metaphoric, evocative, and functional language of geography to help readers place themselves on their own journey.
Who is Patti Digh?
“If the Buddha had two kids, a dog named Blue, a Southern accent, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, his name would be Patti Digh,” wrote one reviewer following the release of Digh’s grassroots bestseller, Life Is a Verb. Patti is a Southern-born master storyteller whose stories are full of humor, poignancy, surprise, pain, and knowing. An internationally acclaimed speaker, Patti is the author of six books including: the best-selling Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally; What I Wish for You; Creative Is a Verb; and Four-Word Self-Help. Patti lives (intentionally) in beautiful Asheville, NC. Visit her at 37days.com.
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The Geography of Loss