Book Reveals How Husband's Decline and Death Leads Author to Spiritual Enlightenment

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The Heart Knows the Way -- How to Follow Your Heart and Make a Conscious Connection with the Spirit Within is a remarkably intimate and revealing account by the author of how she was guided to cope with her own fears and share her husband's final journey during his decline and death. Invaluable lessons for all who care.

At first I was concerned about revealing such intimate details of my husband's illness and death and my own personal reaction to coping with the process

The decline and death of a loved one is often traumatic, and may negatively affect the emotional and physical health of the survivor as well as seriously limit their future enjoyment of life because of sadness and sometimes guilt.

Veteran Scottsdale, Arizona writer-author Fern Stewart Welch says this doesn’t have to be so.

Welch says that coping with this universal and natural life event can be spiritually enlightening and a reaffirmation of life.

In her just-released book, “The Heart Knows the Way -- How to Follow Your Heart to a Conscious Connection with the Divine Spirit Within,” she chronicles her experiences in dealing concurrently with the decline and death of her mother and that of her husband, Kenneth A. Welch, the nationally known founder and publisher of PHOENIX Magazine, who was instrumental in establishing the City & Regional Magazine Association of America.

In the book the author shares the intimate details of the surprising transformation that dramatically changed her interaction with her husband, their experiences, and her life.

"At first I was concerned about revealing such intimate details of my husband's illness and death and my own personal reaction to coping with the process," she said, "but the professional editors and reviewers who read the manuscript before it was published convinced me that my concerns were unfounded, saying that it was one of the most inspirational books they had read and it could help many people."

Welch sets the background of her experience by recounting how she and her husband met and the loving partnership that enhanced their life and careers.

The unflinching story of her conscious participation in her husband’s long decline and his final days and moments provide remarkable insights into a way in which this profound natural life event is meant to be experienced.

Welch sought a more enlightened, loving and healthful approach to her husband’s decline and death -- one that she knew was possible but hadn’t been able to discover on her own.

“I surrendered myself to this seeking and eventually was able to connect with the sublime energy, love and liberating wisdom that is within each of us,” she said.

This discovery dramatically changed her situation from one of helplessness and vulnerability to a spiritual adventure in consciousness that not only radically improved their time together, but allowed her to complete the mourning with a joyous reaffirmation of life.

"I am now more aware, more alive, than ever before," she said. "And I think the book will help others cope with the death of loved ones and allow them to grow through the experience and the mourning, be free of the sadness and guilt that surrounds many deaths and go on to live joyful and fruitful lives."

Welch’s book has received the enthusiastic endorsement of a number of bestselling authors and spiritual teachers, including the late Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., who changed the way in which the world thinks about death and dying; Larry Dossey, M.D., Stephen Levine, C. Norman Shealy, Ph.D., M.D., Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D.(H) and Cathleen Fanslow-Brunjes, R.N., M.A., C.N.S.

“The Heart Knows the Way” is available to readers from, other online booksellers, and from bookstore chains. It is available to the book trade from Ingram Book Company, Baker & Taylor, and other book wholesalers.

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