Unlocking the Blue Door
Opening Up to Grief
Grief is the best known conversation killer in polite society. The subject of death, whenever it arises, is either joked about or quickly discontinued in embarrassed silence. As we so often hear (and say), life is for the living. But what do you do when you experience grief first-hand? For many, it is the most uncomfortable and frightening event of their lives and one that they have had minimal exposure to at best. Close contacts who should have been on hand to help are nowhere to be seen.
Unlocking The Blue Door helps the bereaved navigate this most difficult of journeys with practical tips in plain language. Topics include the loss of friends, coping skills, forgiveness, children and grief, and learning how to get through the worst of days. There is also advice on how to support and communicate with someone who is grieving. Written from a female perspective with compassion and understanding, the guide provides a safe space to begin healing. The information is compiled from many hours of frank and confidential discussion between the author and those who are (and were) actively grieving. This book may be paraphrased to help young children in their pain and loss, but it is written for an adult audience.
Proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to agencies that support mental health program initiatives.
Margaret Schweitzer's husband died in his sleep in 2018, catapulting her on an adventure she'll never forget and remains part of. Through tears, hard work, support, and a lot of determination, she found a new path and made a place in her life to write down what she learned in this book.
Margaret's published works include a fiction novel (The Copper Kettle) and a peer-reviewed scientific paper. She lives in a rural community west of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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