"It has taken me 13 years to get to this point but I have found that helping other grieving parents actually helps me also. It gives my grief and my art a purpose. This book is truly a labor of love in memory of my son, Ben. My hope is that my books bring comfort to all who read them. " -Claudia Chappel
A loving compilation of advice, observations and wisdom for parents who are suffering from the loss of a child. This beautiful book brings a sense of peace and comfort to those suffering from one of the most unnatural of losses.
"So begins my second collection of paintings and meditations on the process of grieving the loss of a loved one. This book is full of beautiful, full-color paintings that capture the feelings that one passes through while shoring up under intense pain."
"The author takes the reader on a poetic and beautifully illustrated journey through the pain, anger, emptiness and loss she experienced. "
"It gently encourages readers to grow stronger so they can endure a pain that will never leave them."
Accept the comfort of your pet.
My dog saved me. He sensed my pain and never left my side.
I needed a physical being to cling to who I felt safe with and who wouldn't feel smothered by my neediness.
I had all this love with no one to express it to in my desperate state.
I think it's called transference, but it sure worked for me for a long time.
Animals are the best!
Thank god for them.
It's not the first word or emotion that comes to mind these days, I'm sure.
As you start to accept this horrendous reality, you start to realize what you have not lost.
We have a choice to make.
Do we live in deprivation or gratitude?
Gratitude for our other child or if you are really blessed, children, grandchildren, husband or wife
and the love all around us.
Living life vibrantly
after the loss of a loved one,
in my case my son,
but do not let anyone rush you!
It takes a very long time
to build the strength needed to even get off the couch
but in time you can
As another day begins,
we have to continue navigating through our journey
trudging towards the light.
Because we have no other choice
I believe that my son is now resting in the light and will be there when it’s my time to join him.
Until then I will continue to try to lift myself up and anyone else
who needs me.
Especially in grief
it’s important to
surround yourself with lightness.
Do what feeds your hurt soul
as much as you can.
For me, it’s working with color.
For you it might be music.
Whatever brings your mind
and heart peace
will bring you closer to your departed love because your loved one
is not in the darkness but in the
"It has taken me 13 years to get to this point but I have found that helping other grieving parents actually helps me also. It gives my grief and my art a purpose. This book is truly a labor of love in memory of my son, Ben"
All of the paintings found in my book are for sale as are many other of my paintings through my Etsy site. Both gallery quality Gicleé reproductions and the originals!
The most magical and intensely colorful medium I have ever worked in. Since I am a detail type, this new medium helps me to work more freely in abstracts. So much fun! Love the colors!! Available as prints and cards.
I love animals and I especially love capturing them on canvas until their eyes "speak" to me or I can paint custom pet portraits for you. Available as prints and cards.
ALL ARE NOW ARE AVAILABLE IN POSTER SIZE!
Prices upon request