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Farther Along










Farther Along: the Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers by Carol Henderson

Willowdell Books
$17.95, paperback
June, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1935708599
Grief and Healing
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"Both heart-breaking and heart-warming—filled with wisdom about life and death...and writing!"
—Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies

"This book should be a guide for counselors, teachers, and for the bereaved."
—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and Comfort: A Journey through Grief

“In this brilliant, carefully wrought book, Carol Henderson has given us much more than a deeply healing practice for the bereaved and for those who would help them. Here are the very hearts of those who have lost a child, and here is a wise and practiced way to be a companion to and healer of the bereaved."
—Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone and With Others and founder of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA)

Ten years ago a dozen silent, withdrawn women from around the state and Virginia, gathered around a conference table in a chilly meeting room at Salem College. Several of the women and their families had endured extensive local media coverage when their children died. Most of the women did not know each other; they seemed to have little in common. However they shared one stark personal factor, and it had brought them to the room that day: Each had lost a child. They had shown up for Carol Henderson’s one-day workshop, “Writing toward Healing.” The group has been meeting and writing ever since.

Henderson writes about the stages the group has gone through, describing the women's growing confidence both in their own writing and in the power of guided self-expression. The book includes generous excerpts of the women’s writings. It is also a detailed and practical presentation of Henderson’s workshop techniques, as well as a guide for running similar groups.

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Carol Henderson, in conjunction with the Inavale Foundation and Project Compassion, offers Reflective Writing Workshops for hospital staffs, social workers, counselors, caregivers, and bereaved mothers. Upcoming events include a symposium on Farther Along in Chapel Hill (September 7) and a reception and reflective writing workshops at Hospice in Winston-Salem in October.


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