Stephanie Ericsson is a screenwriter and advertising copywriter and the author of Shame Faced and Recovering Together. She began writing a journal of her experiences after the loss of her husband while she was pregnant with their only child, and later published a widely acclaimed excerpt from the book in the Utne Reader. A frequent speaker on the subjects of loss, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Amazing book that helped me hugely after my husband was, as we say, ‘promoted’. Stephanie writes what some of us feel – at times it seemed like she’d taken dictation from me, but then nope, it was her story, not mine. I’ve bought many copies over the years and given them to friends after they’ve lost their significant other. I’ve encouraged writing a note inside the book and then passing it forward to someone else who could potentially benefit from the sense Stephanie gives readers of not being alone in our feelings.
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As a result of her own experience with many kind of loss, Stephanie Ericsson offers an intimate, profoundly touching guide for those in grief,legitimizing the complex and often taboo emotions we all feel when loss transforms our lives. In Companion Through the Darkness,Stephanie Ericsson defines grief as “the constant reawakening that things are now different.” Using a very simple format — which combines excerpts from her own diary writings with brief essays — she vividly speaks the language of loss and captures the contradictory, wrenching, and chaotic emotions of grief. The book can be opened at any point to chapters no more than a few pages long on such themes as:
Abandonment: The sudden state I am forced into. I no longer belong to you. I no longer belong to anyone.
Rage: The state I use to survive seemingly moments of intolerable pain.
Humor: The backside of agony.
Pity: The look on people's faces when they haven’t a clue what to say to me.
Transition: The moments, strung out over months, when I know I am no longer the woman I was, but not quite the woman I am becoming.
The result is compelling, intimate, and heartbreakingly truthful — a book that promises to be enormously sought-after support and touchstone for all those making their own journey through grief.