Will I survive? Will I ever be happy again? These are questions that Harriet Hodgson asked herself after she was left to raise her twin grandchildren, while grieving for four family members, including her daughter. Harriet reminds us that we are not alone in our grief and, though losses may define our lives, they will not destroy them.
Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 37 years and is the author of 35 books. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation website, The Grief Toolbox website, and The Caregiver Space website. Hodgson has appeared on more than 180 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer's and bereavement conference. Her work is cited in Who's Who of American Women, World Who's Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. She lives in Rochester, MN with her husband, John. Please visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy author and grandmother.
The death of one family member is an assault, but the deaths of four family members almost knocked me flat. I had a support system, but hadn't checked it in a while. Relatives and friends had moved away and I felt alone. I wasn't alone however, and have a loving husband and stay in touch with relatives via email. Still, it became clear that I needed more support, and this led me to online support communities, the Open to Hope Foundation and The Grief Toolbox. Both are reliable and fonts of information. If you're grieving now, I hope you'll check them out.
Happy Again!: Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss
If you’re like most mourners, you wonder if you will survive this awful time. The deaths of four family members in 2007 were an assault and I had to defend myself. Checking my support system was my first defense move. I thought of my support system as a safety net, a secure place to think, assess, question, and gather strength.