Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss
“Will I survive? Will I ever be happy again? 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. This book tugged at my heartstrings. Harriet’s account of a journey from despair to hope is filled with practical suggestions on how to once again have a meaningful life. Happy Again! inspired me and I think it will inspire you.”
~ Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, Executive Director, Open to Hope Foundation and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
“Harriet Hodgson speaks wisely and compassionately from the very depths of her soul. Engagingly written with personal experiences, psychological insights, and practical wisdom, she transforms crushing tragedy to growth and positive affirmation of life.”
~ Rabbi Earl Grollman, DHL, DD, author of Living When a Loved One has Died
Recently reviewed by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press
Available through bookstores, major booksellers, and WriteLife, www.writelife.com.
Seed Time: Growing from Life’s Disappointments, Losses, and Sorrows
In 2007 Harriet Hodgson’s elder daughter, father-in-law, brother, and former son-in-law all died. Her daughter (mother of her twin grandchildren) and the twin’s father died in separate car crashes. With hard work, self-examination, and determination, Harriet created a new life from the ashes of grief. So many people asked her how she did this that Harriet listed the steps on paper. These steps became a talk and the talk became Seed Time. “If you believe you can change your life it will happen,” she says. This guide contains 80 proactive steps you may take to recover from adversity and grief. Start planting your seeds of change today!
Available from Amazon. Also on Kindle.
According to the American Heart Association, heart attack is the number one killer of women in the US. You don’t need to become a statistic. Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association notes, and it is asking women to walk. Walking is the easiest and cheapest form of physical activity. If you’re at risk for heart disease, have been diagnosed with it, suffered heart attack, are recovering from heart surgery, have a sedentary job, a sedentary lifestyle, or want to be fit, this guide is for you. Walking Woman gets you moving and keeps you moving. Within these pages you will find information, motivation, and laughter. You may even find yourself. Fact-by-fact, quote-by-quote, step-by-step, you walk your way to better health. Available from Amazon.
Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids: Grandparents Adapting to Life’s Surprises
In America, 10% of all grandparents are raising their grandkids, and the percentage is going up. Two acronyms have come from this trend, GRG for grandparents raising grandchildren, and GAP, for grandparents acting as parents. You may be raising your grandkids, a role you never expected. Each day, you look for ways to make life easier. Well, help has arrived. This resource blends Harriet Hodgson’s unbelievable story with research findings and caregiving tips. Though the book came from heartbreak, it is filled with hope. You may find yourself cheering for all the loving grandparents – including you – who are putting grandkids first. Available from Amazon.
The Spiritual Woman
Women are very aware of their emotions. Sometimes we’re so happy we think we will burst. Other times we’re so burdened we fear we will collapse. How can we go on? This collection of 365 quotes, one for each day of the year, will energize you. Every quote is a spark of hope. As you read them, the spirit of woman starts to take shape. By the end of the book this image is virtually complete. Let these quotes – and the spirituality within you – lead you to a rich and fulfilling life. Available from Grief Illustrated Press, a Centering Corporation company.
101 Affirmations To Ease Your Grief Journey: Words of Comfort, Words of Hope
Grief is a stressful, scary experience. You wonder if you’ll make it to the next minute, let alone day. How can you lift your spirits? Reading these affirmations is one way.
Each affirmation is followed by a focus word or words that you may use for self-evaluation, support group discussions, meditation, or prayer.
101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey is your grief companion, a gift for yourself, and others who mourn. This concise resource is available from Amazon.
Writing to Recover
This concise resource captures the realness and work of grief. Writing simply and from experience, Hodgson has many suggestions for reconciling and recovering from grief. Her proactive steps lead you towards healing and help you find hope again.
Writing to Recover, ISBN 978-1-56123-206-2 Available from Centering Corporation and Amazon..
Writing to Recover Journal
The 100 prompts in this companion resource keep you on the recovery path and writing about grief. Get one for yourself. Give one to a grieving friend.
Writing to Recover Journal. Available from Centering Corporation and Amazon.
Smiling Through Your Tears:
Anticipatory grief is a feeling of loss before a death or dreaded event occurs. Though you can’t avoid it, you can get through it, and this book is filled with 114 Healing Steps that lead you to your healing path.
Available from Amazon.
Harriet discusses recovering from multiple losses on Healing the Grieving Heart.Click here to listen (second half of the hour).
Hear Harriet talk about multiple losses on the Blog Talk Radio program, Gab with the Gurus. To listen, click here.
Want to hear what anticipatory grief is really like? Listen to my interview with Jacqueline Marcell, hostess of “Coping With Caregiving,” a monthly, Internet-only program broadcast worldwide. To hear the program click here. Jacqueline is the author of “Elder Rage,” on the web at www.elderrage.com