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This woman has been through more sorrow and trauma recently

04 Aug
This woman has been through more sorrow and trauma recently than most people experience in 5 or 6 lifetimes. Yet she expresses her generosity, thoughtfulness, strength and energy with this beautiful thank you note..
Dear Belleruth,

My name is Barbara N. I''m a married, 51 year old mother of two sons and I teach gifted elementary education. The past 18 months have been extremely difficult for our family. On April 1, 2005, our oldest son, Greg, age 25, died of a drug overdose in our home. He was a bright and talented young man who struggled with ADHD, and later in life, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Then in July of that same year, my amazing and wonderful father passed away of an inoperable malignancy in his abdomen.

In January of this year, a very close friend died in an automobile accident almost in front of our home. This friend had been an advocate for Greg and our family during his tumultuous years in high school and stood firmly by us in our grief when Greg passed away.

As if that weren''t enough to bear, late in March my dear, sweet brother died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 46. My poor Mother, unable to cope, tried three times to find an escape from her pain by attempting (unsuccessfully) to take her own life.

Today, I consider myself to be of sound mind and body, despite and because of all these experiences. I''ve been diligent in my efforts to grieve in a way that honors my own self and my loved ones. Grief counseling has been enormously helpful, as well as talking about my grief with good friends who are caring and supportive.

Along with acupuncture, guided imagery, shiatsu therapy and reading, I''m weathering the storm and have learned much. But your CDs have been one of the most helpful tools I''ve used. I will always be grateful to my herbalist who first suggested I try the Successful Surgery cd before some surgery I had three years ago. It made an enormously positive difference in my pre-, during and post-op experiences. Thank you Belleruth, for helping to make my broken heart feel a little bit stronger; my weary soul a little more capable of finding its way through the darkness back to the light.

I continue to purchase Health Journeys CDs for myself, my family, students and friends. Indeed, they were about the only thing, in addition to wonderful Hospice care, that provided comfort to my brother and our entire family as he endured his treatments and then as he was dying. One of the last things we did together as he lay dying was sit with him and listen to Peaceful Dying . It was a beautiful time that we will always cherish. As my own life goes on, I will take great satisfaction in gifting Health Journeys CDs to people in my life who need to hear your words and music. In peace and gratitude, Barbara

(BR replies: Thank you, Barbara, for your incredible note. The fact that you would have the energy and thoughtfulness to write, after all you''ve been through so recently, is mind-boggling. Hats off to you and your amazing self!! And just for the record, I can’t take credit for that beautiful music - it’s composed and performed by the wonderful and talented Steven Mark Kohn! I especially love that music he created for Peaceful Dying - so lovely! It’s recorded separately on his Inward Journey album, by the way. I listen to it while I’m working. It’s so soothing. All best to you, Belleruth)
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award