Latest 2015 Review of Emerging Voices – Living On
by Annette Rochelle Aben of The Magic Happens Magazine
“You know that feeling you get when you casually exchange glances with someone and it is as though they are saying, “I understand”? Well this is the feeling you get when you read Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal by Laurel D Rund. Everything from the design concept to the content will touch your heart, speak to your soul and allow you to move through the processes of grief and healing at your own pace. Created as a result of her own grieving/healing journey, Emerging Voices will not only offer you a variety of stimulus but at the same time it reminds you that you are not alone as Laurel has left her essence on every page. This book IS Art from the Heart, thank you Laurel D. Rund.
The art is stunning, Laurel herself is the gifted artisan who created the visuals that even if this was all the book consisted of would be reason enough to make Emerging Voices your own. As the art is married to verse either original or a famous quote, we have layers of appreciation to experience throughout this book. Consider that there is space for journaling and personal reflection, Emerging Voices not only serves as a guide but a repository for that which needs to emerge from your heart!
It is true, you may not ever be the one who needs this book however it is recommended that you get one, or two or more simply to have on hand. Because this is a lovely way to offer support to someone experiencing a rough journey, best you should have it at the ready to inscribe, wrap up and present. It is one interesting and unique way to reach the very essence of another by saying that both you and Laurel D. Rund understand.”
About Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal
Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal is a book of poetry and ‘Art from the Heart’ which I composed and illustrated in 2010 to describe the feelings of grief and loss I experienced after the death of my husband of 42 years. The bereavement community, friends and family encouraged me to share what I had written because they felt that my words resonnated with other individuals who had encountered a loss of their own.
Loss and grief is a heart-rending experience and each one of us embarks on that journey in our own way. The mourning process is just that, a process, and there is no magic “time” for an individual’s grieving to end. Sometimes it feels as if the pain and sorrow from loss will never let up. These emotions are very raw and really hurt, but accepting them and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing to take place.
While leaving a permanent wound on your heart and soul, in time grief softens its hold. This tender scar can be reopened without warning, however, by an unexpected nuance or life event; and sorrow takes hold once again. As the Hospice Foundation of America has observed:
♦ “Instead of a series of stages, we might think of the grieving process as a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. Like many roller coasters, the ride tends to be rougher in the beginning; and the lows may be deeper and longer.
♦ The difficult periods should become less intense and shorter as time goes by, but it takes time to work through a loss. Even years after a loss, especially at special events such as a family wedding or the birth of a child, we may still experience a strong sense of grief.”
When you experience a loss of any kind, there are rivers and canyons of grief which cannot be crossed without a bridge. On that journey one needs a way through sorrow’s rough terrain to the other side of grief, to a place of renewal and healing. That is what this book ‘Emerging Voices’ is intended to be … a bridge to Living On!
We all know someone who has lost a loved one, or been through a tragedy but never know just what to say or do. Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal is for that person. It’s purpose is to inspire healing, hope and to reaffirm life. The words and Art from the Heart within Emerging Voices allows for a healing perspective that will take the reader on a journey of self-discovery and restoration.
One reader said “I wish this book was available ten years ago when I was going thru my own journey of loss.I know we all have such busy and hectic lives but it was so nice to sit down last night and spend a few moments reflecting. Emerging Voices is truly special and you won’t be disappointed. There are times when we all need a moment of encouragement, clarity and purpose. Laurel Rund is amazingly talented and this book is a generous gift of herself. Read more reviews on Amazon...
As Rumi said “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”