A book of comfort and joy

11 Dec

editor-column-ff2My father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly upon his retirement when I was in my mid twenties. Among the condolence letters my mother received was one that read, “I’m so glad you have your daughter with you. I’m sure she is some comfort.”

The year following my father’s death I reverted to a teenage attitude and was more a source of turmoil than comfort, storming around wallowing in my own grief with little thought to my mother’s own suffering. But, because our relationship was one ultimately based in unconditional forgiveness, even during the storm, we understood one another.

The phrase “some comfort” joined a cadre of ongoing “inside” references laden with meaning in that secret world where our respective senses of humor intersected—a world of allusion and sly glances that no one but us fully understood.

Some of you bore witness to this world. You were part of a group of close friends and family I kept updated during the last year of my mother’s life. Now, with you in mind as a central audience, I have compiled a group of 12 essays I wrote beginning just before my mother died and flowing through my last four years, chronicling how the wisdom gained through being there for my mom’s death has given me a new lease on life.

Seasons of Letting Go is a book of comfort and a book of joy. It is my gift to you. I hope you will all enjoy it this holiday season and on through Epiphany, which was my mother’s birthday, and the day I wrote the last chapter, a year ago. Click this link to order.



3 Responses to “A book of comfort and joy”

  1. artistwithcamera December 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Very nice but you missed spelled joye.

    Can’t wait to share it with my friends.


  2. Karen Johnson April 5, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    I am so glad that I met you and bought your book , Seasons of Letting Go, for my friend, who is now a caregiver for her mom. I just finished reading it myself and found it to be so inspiring, touching and helpful. I lost my mom 4 years ago, but still had some good crys while reading your book. I wrote down a number of quotes into my own journal. Thank you for the comfort and insight it has given me. I think you are a wonderful writer, with insight, wisdom,warmth and compassion!

    Karen, another Asheville resident

    • Frances Figart April 6, 2018 at 5:50 am #

      Hey Karen, thank you for this wonderful note; it really made my day! Can you remind me where we met so I can remember you? Thanks!

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