Unless you’ve been through it, you can’t understand it. It’s that simple.
Grief is not something you understand from a distance.
Learn from a fellow traveler’s down-to-earth approach to healing. STUNNED by Grief is realistic and revealing. You’ll discover what to expect. And you’ll find tools and tips to remap your life.
When you’re devastated by loss, what good is a journal?
“This journal will help you cut through the pain that isolates and freezes you—and get to the heart of what really matters.
Writing about your loss is one of the most important things you can do. It’s key to tapping into your grief, working through it, and releasing what’s buried inside.
Returned home from the Miami Book Fair and Readers’ Favorite Awards Ceremony – will be sharing some thoughts and photos later on. Met some amazing authors who have overcome major obstacles and challenges to bring their books (and their dreams) to life!!
O.C. Register – Saddleback Valley News (Lake Forest | Laguna Hills edition – Reporter Sarah de Crescenzo wrote an article about Judy and Stunned By Grief that was published on November 1. The article, “Writer’s mission is getting others through grief” is also archived on ocregister.com (where the full article is available to Register subscribers).
Judy spoke at the Widows Supporting Widows group at Saddleback Church. The newly formed group meets the first Saturday morning of the month – and it’s a wonderful, warm and safe place for widows to connect with others who truly understand what they’re going through.
O.C. Register – Saddleback Valley News (Lake Forest | Laguna Hills & Mission Viejo editions) - on the Voices page – Judy wrote a guest column about her grief journey that was published on September 6. The article is archived on ocregister.com (where the full article is available to Register subscribers). Hope you’ll take a look!
Judy is honored to be speaking on Saturday, December 7, at Arbor Christian Fellowship in Lake Forest, CA – at the Ladies’ Christmas Tea. We’ll post some photos afterward!
STUNNED by Grief was named Gold Medal Winner in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Awards in the category of Nonfiction – Grief.
According to the announcement made by the contest sponsor, “This was our largest contest ever and competition was fierce … If you were chosen as a finalist then congratulations! It was an extremely competitive year and your selection was hard-earned.”
We couldn’t be more thrilled!!
Here’s a link to the press release announcing the Gold Medal win!
WooHoo! Delighted to announce that STUNNED by Grief captured Finalist honors in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards!
Here’s an excerpt from the press release announcing the winners and finalists:
“Not only has the number of entrants increased, but the excellence has risen to a whole new level. Advances in technology and the increase in sophistication of self-publishers has produced a bumper crop of books that stand proudly next those published by mainstream houses. This has created a challenge of unexpected magnitude for the contest judges.
The National Indie Excellence Awards criteria for recognition are stringent and include overall excellence. This award celebrates the highest achievements in self-publishing, a sector of the industry that has grown exponentially in recent years.”
For more information, visit www.indieexcellence.com
Press Release for Stunned By Grief – Local Author Receives National Recognition Through the Seventh Annual Indie Excellence Awards
Local author Judy Brizendine captures Finalist honors in The Seventh Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for Stunned By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything, Category: Grief. The NIEA award is the third national award won by her Stunned By Grief books.
Very excited that an article I wrote about tragedy, attitude, and the keys to staying young, vibrant and content has been accepted and published on MORE magazine’s online site!
Here’s a link – and I hope you’ll read it and share: What Will You Do When Tragedy Comes?
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If you’re facing grief, this blog is all about you—and focusing on your questions, concerns, struggles, triumphs, and countless issues your journey brings.
We hope you’ll feel at home here!
We extend a warm welcome to you …
Grief is tough – there’s no doubt about it. But don’t ever think you are powerless over your journey or your life. At the end of the day, what are you focusing on? Ask yourself the question. It’s important. Your answer may well determine not only if you will still be standing, but whether you’ll survive or thrive.
Over the past year, I’ve connected with a special woman and devoted mother I’ve grown to respect and admire. We met initially when I appeared on a radio show she co-hosts – and then again when she invited me to appear on another show to help people understand what grief looks like. Last week she sent me an article she wrote and asked me if I had seen it. I hadn’t – yet I’m so glad she shared it with me.
This article is the first guest post I’ve included on my blog. When I read it, I knew it belonged here!
Stop for a minute and think about your approach to grief. Do you face it like a cheetah, a turtle, or an ant?
STUNNED by Grief is available in print or electronic edition at your local independent bookshop, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, indiebound.org, iTunes, Kobo, ipgbook.com/bennettknepp-publishing-publisher-BKN.php, and elsewhere.